Outgoing pope applauded at penultimate general audience
Benedict XVI set to step down February 2813 February, 10:58
It was the 85-year-old German pontiff's first public appearance since he shocked the world on Monday by announcing he would step down at the end of the month.
Benedict waved at the faithful with a big smile on Wednesday. He will celebrate what is expected to be his last public Mass as pope later on Wednesday with an Ash Wednesday service in St Peter's Basilica.