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

Media gather in front of St. Peter's Basilica, 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)