Pope leaves Vatican for last time as pontiff

Thursday, February 28, 2013 | 11:55 a.m. CST; updated 7:16 p.m. CST, Thursday, February 28, 2013

VATICAN CITY — Pope Benedict XVI left the Vatican for the last time as pontiff on Thursday, flying by helicopter to the Vatican's vacation retreat hours before becoming the first pontiff in 600 years to resign.