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Pope receives ashes tonight during Ash Wednesday Mass at the Vatican. (CNS photo/Paul Haring)

A sign at today's papal general audience thanking B16 (CNS photo/Paul Haring)

Another view of St. Peter's Sq tonight and the papal apartment, on right (CNS photo/Paul Haring)

The papal apts tonight overlooking St. Peter's Square after B16 announced he would retire (CNS photo/Paul Haring)

See any difference? Side by side B16 shortly after election and two days ago

Ravens or 49ers: Ravens or 49ers: Do you think God has a favorite for Sunday's Super Bowl?

Priceless! -- CNS photo by Nancy Phelan Wiechec before last night's Mass at the Nat'l Shrine in DC

Here's a a "baby hatch" in Poland. Barbaric, or life-saving? Tell us what you think: Photo:

A new bride got to meet the pope today. Here's why: Photo:

Why are these Franciscan brothers checking their phones in church? Photo:

Photo for that Vatican pilgrimage story we just told you about. More at this link:

On New Year's Day, the pope met the Three Kings. More at this link:

Photos: Dusting St. Peter's Basilica for Christmas Spiffing up an angel:

Photos: Rome celebrates feast of the Immaculate Conception Pope heads to Spanish Steps

The Vatican Christmas tree went up today in St. Peter's Square. Your tree up yet?

Look who showed up for today's papal audience at the Vatican! Story:

More photos of B16's audience yesterday with circus workers Cutest of the bunch:

Photos of B16 today at his weekly general audience Here's best of the bunch:

Photos: Church gets six new cardinals. Album: Child tries zuchetto:

New papal book given tdy to journos at Vatican. Public release tmrw in 20 languages, including Eng. Story coming