THE SENDOFF

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Associated Press

Posted on February 28, 2013 at 9:00 AM

The Swiss Guards are marching in step inside the San Damaso courtyard inside the Vatican's Apostolic Palace, preparing Pope Benedict XVI's sendoff.

Members of the Vatican bureaucracy, or Curia, have poured into the courtyard to witness the historic moment of Benedict's final departure from the Vatican as pope.

He will travel by car to the Vatican's helipad at the top of the hill in the Vatican gardens, and then will fly by helicopter to the papal residence at Castel Gandolfo.

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