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SEDE VACANTE: Benedict XVI leaves the Vatican on helicopter


(-VIDEO ONLY-) Amid applause, Benedict XVI made his way to the Vatican's heliport on February 28, 2013.

Just minutes later, at 5:05PM, bells rang out at St. Peter's Square, and across Rome, as the helicopter carrying the German Pope took off. ;

It circled some of the Eternal City's most emblematic monuments before heading south to Castel Gandolfo, the temporary home for Benedict XVI during the upcoming conclave.