Wow! A huge crowd gathered in St. Peter’s Square for Pope Benedict XVI’s first blessing and window appearance after announcing that he would step down at the end of this month.

More from BBC News:

The Pope appeared at his study window overlooking St Peter’s Square at 11:00 GMT, his first such appearance since announcing his resignation last Monday.

The crowd erupted into loud applause and there were chants of “Long live the Pope”.

One banner in the square read: “We love you”.

On-scene photos and video were quickly posted to Twitter.


The pope has no other public appearances scheduled this week.