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Watch live: Ex-pope departs the Vatican

NBC News Special Report: Pope Benedict XVI departs the Vatican aboard a helicopter for Castel Gandolfo in Lazio, Italy. Watch live, broadcast via NBC News on Feb. 28. Visit msnbc.com for breaking news, world news, and news about the economy…

Benedict will head to Italian villa immediately following papal retirement

Once he steps down on Thursday, Pope Benedict XVI will begin his retirement in the papal summer residence at Castel Gandolfo, a sumptuous villa outside Rome with ornamental gardens, breathtaking views and its own farm. Benedict will spend around two months in the palace, which is perched high on a…