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MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Pope Benedict the 16th made his last public appearance before stepping down early Wednesday morning.

At about 3 a.m. local time, the Pope arrived to a huge crowd in St. Peter’s Square. Pope Benedict shocked the world earlier this month when he announced he’s retiring, saying old age has left him unable to fulfill his duties to the Catholic Church.

It’s the first time a Pope has resigned in nearly 600 years. CBS News Correspondent Vinita Nair talked with the WCCO Morning Show about what the Pope had to say, what the process is moving forward and who’s in charge of the Roman Catholic Church now until a new Pope is crowned.

The Pope made his final message personal, talking about his own diminished strength. He also talked a future Pope and his trust in the Catholic church. He said his resignation was the best thing for the church at this time.

Watch the full video report for all the details.

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