Pope Benedict delivering the blessing to thousands of pilgrims
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Pope's blessing heard by thousands

17 February 2013 Last updated at 11:50 GMT

Pope Benedict has given his penultimate blessing to pilgrims in St Peter's Square, following his resignation earlier this week.

A crowd of tens of thousands gathered to hear him recite the Angelus prayer and deliver a lesson about Christ in the desert for Lent.

David Willey reports from Rome.