Swiss Guards leave post in Castel Gandolfo as papacy ends
Benedict XVI has officially ceased to be Pope, with Swiss Guards leaving their post at Castel Gandolfo at 20:00 local time (19:00 GMT).
The pontiff, aged 86, was earlier flown by helicopter from the Vatican to the retreat, where he said he "will simply be a pilgrim".
The protection of Benedict XVI has been taken over by Italian police.
28 Feb 2013
- From the section Europe