"Pray for the next pope" says Benedict as thousands gather in St Peter"s Square for Sunday address

'Pray for the next pope': Thousands gather in St Peter's Square for Pope Benedict's penultimate Sunday address as new details emerge about his health Pope Benedict spoke at penultimate Sunday address at St Peter's SquareCrowd, estimated to be 50,000-strong, chanted 'Long live the pope'German journalist said Pope was unable to see from left eye ten weeks agoPeter Seewald claimed pontiff was 'exhausted-looking' and 'worn down' The pope will become the first pontiff in centuries to resign later this month PUBLISHED: 17:29 GMT, 17 February 2013 | UPDATED: 10:26 GMT, 18 February 2013 Pope Benedict asked the faithful to pray for him and his successor in his penultimate Sunday address to a crowded St.

"Pray for the next pope": Thousands gather in St Peter"s Square for Pope Benedict"s penultimate Sunday address

'Pray for the next pope': Thousands gather in St Peter's Square for Pope Benedict's penultimate Sunday address as new details emerge about his health Pope Benedict spoke at penultimate Sunday address at St Peter's SquareCrowd, estimated to be 50,000-strong, chanted 'Long live the pope'German journalist said Pope was unable to see from left eye ten weeks agoPeter Seewald claimed pontiff was 'exhausted-looking' and 'worn down' The pope will become the first pontiff in centuries to resign later this month PUBLISHED: 17:29 GMT, 17 February 2013 | UPDATED: 02:46 GMT, 18 February 2013 Pope Benedict asked the faithful to pray for him and his successor in his penultimate Sunday address to a crowded St. Peter's Square before becoming the first pontiff in centuries to resign. The crowd chanted 'Long live the pope', waved banners and broke into sustained applause as he spoke from his window, as details have emerged about his declining health

Election of new Pope could come sooner than expected if enough cardinals make it to Rome to form a voting conclave in time

Election of new Pope could come sooner than expected if enough cardinals make it to Rome to form a voting conclave in timeVatican spokesman says cardinals may agree to radical proposal to bring forward the succession vote He says rules are open to 'interpretation' and there have been church talks35,000 have asked for tickets to Benedict's final audience in St Peter's Square By Daily Mail Reporter PUBLISHED: 15:00 GMT, 16 February 2013 | UPDATED: 18:50 GMT, 16 February 2013 The election of a new Pope could start sooner than the earliest possible date of March 15, it emerged today. Under Vatican rules, there is always a 15-20 day waiting period before Cardinals vote in a conclave after the papacy becomes vacant. But the announcement of Pope Benedict XVI that he will retire on February 28, means they will have plenty of time to get to Rome to take part in the election .

Pope"s dove of peace almost ends in pieces: Seagull attacks bird seconds after Pontiff releases it from Vatican balcony

Pope's dove of peace almost ends in pieces: Seagull attacks bird seconds after Pontiff releases it from Vatican balcony By Daily Mail Reporter PUBLISHED: 22:47 GMT, 27 January 2013 | UPDATED: 02:11 GMT, 28 January 2013 Releasing a dove is a symbolic appeal for peace. But when the Pope tried it yesterday, it led to quite a flap. Nobody had bargained on a resident seagull who apparently hadn't been listening to the Holy Father's sermon.

Pope uses Christmas Day address to call for peace and an end to conflicts in the Middle East

Pope uses Christmas Day address to call for peace and an end to conflicts in the Middle East Pontiff condemned killing of 'defenceless' civilians in Syria Urged Israel and Palestine to find courage to negotiate Raised concern about plight of Christians in communist China | UPDATED: 17:52 GMT, 25 December 2012 Pope Benedict XVI used his Christmas Day address to call for an end to bloody conflicts in Syria and Palestine and for there to be peace in the middle East. Appearing from the balcony of the Vatican, he spoke to thousands of pilgrims, tourists and locals who gathered in St Peter's square.