Pope Benedict XVI farewell message

Pope Benedict XVI whose recent abrupt and strange retirement was rumoured to be as a result of gay blackmail scandal delivers farewell message in final appearance as head of the Roman Catholic church, the 264th successor of St from the balcony of the Castel Gandolfo palace. He said and I quote “I am simply a pilgrim beginning the last leg of his pilgrimage on this Earth. But I would still … with my heart, with my love, with my prayers, with my reflection, and with all my inner strength, like to work for the common good and the good of the church and of humanity. I feel very supported by your sympathy. Let us go forward with the Lord for the good of the church and the world.” His last public words as pope were, quite simply: “Thank you, and goodnight. Thank you to all of you.”
As he left the Vatican, Benedict was bade an emotional farewell by his Swiss guards and aides, some of whom had tears in their eyes. Bells rang out from St Peter’s basilica and churches all over the city.
He was then whisked away in an Italian air force helicopter through the skies above Rome – a dramatic journey that took him over the Colosseum and the Roman forum and the lush countryside beyond.
Banners reading “thank you” were held up for him to see.
With Pope Benedict XVI now officially in retirement, Catholic cardinals from around the world begin Friday, the complex, cryptic and uncertain process of picking the next leader of the world’s largest church.
Who is the next pope is the question everyone is taking guesses at.


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