Vatican sends message: Pope's retirement for real - Article Photos 3/9

Seagulls fly in front of St. Peter's Basilca's central lodge, where newly elected popes make their first appearance, at The Vatican, Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2013. With a few words in Latin, Pope Benedict XVI did what no pope has done in more than half a millennium, stunning the world by announcing his resignation Monday and leaving the already troubled Catholic Church to replace the leader of its 1 billion followers by Easter. (AP Photo/Riccardo De Luca)