Pope Benedict makes first appearance since resignation news
February 13th, 2013
05:26 AM ET

Pope Benedict makes first appearance since resignation news

By Laura Smith-Spark, CNN

Huge crowds in the Vatican cheered Pope Benedict XVI Wednesday as he made his first public appearance since announcing his resignation at the end of the month.

He thanked the Roman Catholic faithful in several languages and said it was not appropriate for him to continue as pope.

He appeared tired but not visibly unwell as he sat and read his remarks off several sheets of paper.

Benedict will also celebrate an Ash Wednesday mass marking the beginning of Lent at St. Peter's Basilica in the afternoon.

- A. Hawkins

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