Pope Francis proclaimed his predecessors John XXIII and John Paul II saints.
The former head of the Catholic Church says he has no regrets and believes history will vindicate him.
Cardinals are now about to do the tough job of electing a new pope to lead the Catholic Church.
Roman Catholic cardinals will start their conclave to elect a successor to Pope Benedict on March 12.
A decision on when the conclave will take place is expected this evening.
Pope Benedict bid an emotional farewell at his last general audience on Wednesday.