[Updated at 11:52 a.m. ET] (CNN) And that, if things go according to plan, will have been the last we see of Benedict as leader of the world’s 1.2 billion Catholics.

His papacy is expected to end at 2 p.m ET (8 p.m. in Rome).

Benedict, who will be known as pope emeritus, is expected to stay at the Castel Gandolfo papal retreat until the Catholic Church’s cardinals elect his successor.

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