Throngs of Roman Catholics crowd Saint Peter's Square to hear one of the outgoing pope's last addresses.
Pope Benedict, who steps down at the end of the month delivered his penultimate Angelus Sunday.
He asked followers to continue praying for him and for the next pope.
His announcement last week that he was no longer strong enough to lead the Church, shocked followers.
(SOUNDBITE) (Italian) STEFANO MALACARNE SAYING:
"Like always, recently, he's seemed tired, moved, perplexed, uncertain and insecure. It's something that really has an effect on you because the pope should be a strong and authoritative figure but instead he seems very weak and that's really hit me."
(SOUNDBITE) (Italian) SABRINA PIRRERA SAYING:
"We certainly need a young and modern pope," this woman says. "This would bring all the Christians and faithful closer to the Church again. But if the next pope is also old, I think the problems will not go away."
The pope will say one more Sunday noon prayer next week before holding a final audience on February 27.
Followers flock to hear pope's penultimate Angelus (1:19)
Feb. 17 - Thousands fill Saint Peter's Square to hear one of Pope Benedict's final addresses ahead of his abdication at the end of the month. Lindsey Parietti reports. ( Transcript )