Pope Benedict XVI, who has spent the majority of his career attacking gay people, is to officially resign today (28 February).
He has left the Vatican for the final time as leader of the Catholic Church, where he will spend two months in Castel Gandolfo – the Pope’s summer residence.
In his final farewell, he said: ‘With all my heart and love and my prayers, I would like to work for the good of the Church and humanity.
‘I feel your support. Let's go on together for the Church and the good of the world.’