Masses of pilgrims queued to enter St. Peter’s Square to hear Pope Benedict XVI’s final weekly public audience in Vatican City, Vatican on Wednesday. The Pontiff attended his last weekly public audience before stepping down tomorrow. The weekly event, which would normally be held in a vast auditorium in winter, was moved outdoors to St. Peter’s Square so more people can attend. Pope Benedict XVI had been the leader of the Catholic Church for eight years and is the first Pope to retire since 1415. He cites ailing health as his reason for retirement and will spend the rest of his life in solitude away from public engagements.
Feb. 24 Photo Brief: Pope’s last public blessings, Daytona International Speedway crash, topless feminists protest against Berlusconi
Pope Benedict’s last public blessings before he resigns, race carries on after Daytona International Speedway crash, topless feminists protest against former Prime Minister Berlusconi and more in today’s daily brief. | Attention: Several photos might depict injury or death.
Feb. 20 Photo Brief: Fashion Week in Milan, London and Madrid, Taylor Swift at the Brit awards, Arizona snow, mass funeral in Quetta, continued violence in Syria
Fashion Week in Milan, London and Madrid, Taylor Swift performs at the Brit awards, Arizona snow suspends golf tournament, mass funeral in Quetta, continued violence in Syria and more in today’s daily brief.
Feb. 19 Photo Brief: The royal baby bump debuts, Oscar Pistorius in court, Nice carnival, blindfolded styling, Sydney Doll Hospital
Britain’s Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge debuts the royal baby bump, Oscar Pistorius appears in court, a Ukrainian stylist cuts hair blindfolded, the Sydney Doll Hospital celebrates 100 years in business and more in today’s daily brief.
Carnival parades, Lunar New Year, Kumbh Mela festival, satellite image of snow and more in today’s daily brief. | Warning: Photos may depict injury or death.
Jan. 15 Photo Brief: Lance talks to Oprah, assault rifles on the runway, Kumbh Mela draws hundreds of millions
Oprah talks about her upcoming interview with Lance Armstrong, the largest religious gathering on earth, the Kumbh Mela, begins attracting Hindu devotees, the runway at Milan Fashion Week Menswear Autumn/Winter turns militant and more in today’s daily brief.
Survivors of the Costa Concordia disaster marked the first anniversary of the capsized cruise ship that left 32 dead. “After a year we are still traumatized,” said Violet Morreau, a survivor from France told Reuters.
Dec. 14 Photo Brief: North Koreans celebrate launch, topless Italians protest fur, Belarusian ecologist tames wolves, Chinese swimmers brave the ice
North Korea sends out images from their satellite launch celebration and the memorial exhibition entitled “The great leader Kim Jong-il comrade is with us forever,” Italian animal rights activists paint “Fur death” on their chests and carry a skinned fox prop to protest fur in the fashion market, ecologist Dmitry Shamovich plays with tamed wolves in a remote village in Belarus and much more in today’s daily brief.
Nov. 14 Photo Brief: Anti-austerity strikes across Europe, Afghan rag pickers, Diwali is celebrated, the Prince and the Hobbit, a homemade submarine
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