Pope's surprise farewell leads to late bookings
Date Posted: 19/02/13
Thousands of people are hoping to secure late hotel deals in Rome in order to catch a glimpse of Pope Benedict XVI's final farewell.
Having recently announced his shock decision to step down as Pope, becoming the first to do since Gregory XII in 1415, Benedict will hold his final Angelus prayer on February 24th, ahead of his last appearance in St Peter's Square on February 27th.
According to the Times Live, the Vatican has already received 35,000 bookings and a major security operation is being mobilised.
Benedict, 85, attributed his decision to stand aside as Pope to his ailing health and told followers earlier this month that he had done so "in full freedom for the good of the church".
Following his resignation, the Pope will remain within the boundaries of the Vatican, the smallest independent state in the world. The identity of the new Pope has yet to be revealed.
Posted by Danielle Masterson
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