BY CHRISTOPHER ESSNER
For many people, Wednesday, February 27, 2013 will come and pass with little thought. For others this will mark an extraordinary day in the history of not only the Catholic Church, but in the history of humankind. Pope Benedict XVI, the leader of the Catholic Church, is stepping down - the first time a pope has resigned in 600 years - and February 27 will mark his final public appearance as acting Pope.
Pope Benedict's final public mass was held this past Ash Wednesday, and the Catholic faithful surrounded the church. His last public appearance, originally scheduled for Paul VI Hall, is being moved to St. Peter’s Square because of the large crowd expected, reports the Catholic News Agency. By 8:00 pm the following day the Papacy will be vacant.