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Pope Benedict XVI's Last Day

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The Pontiff's Cape

Pope Benedict XVI, his dress soon to be limited to a simple white robe, has worn a ceremonial red cape for his final meeting with the College of Cardinals.

The short cape with ermine trim, known as a mozzetta, is worn for special occasions. And special this occasion was, coming just hours before Benedict becomes the first pope in 600 years to resign.

He looked out at the cardinals and said: "Among you is the future pope." And he promised his "unconditional reverence and obedience."

Victor L. Simpson, AP's Rome bureau chief.

Above: In this photo provided by the Vatican newspaper L'Osservatore Romano, Pope Benedict XVI delivers his message on the occasion of his farewell meeting to cardinals, at the Vatican, Thursday, Feb. 28, 2013.

(AP Photo/L'Osservatore Romano)

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