Friday, March 01, 2013

Pope Benedict XVI Delivers Farewell Message

Good bye and thank you Pope Benedict XVI...

For the last time, Pope Benedict XVI delivered his message.

Dear friends, I'm happy to be with you, surrounded by the beauty of creation and your well-wishes which do me such good. Thank you for your friendship, and your affection. You know this day is different for me than the preceding ones: I am no longer the Supreme Pontiff of the Catholic Church, or I will be until 8 o'clock this evening and then no more. 
I am simply a pilgrim beginning the last leg of his pilgrimage on this Earth. But I would still ... thank you ... 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. Thank you, I now wholeheartedly impart my blessing. Blessed be God Almighty, Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Good night! Thank you all!"

Pope Benedict XVI left Vatican City for the last time Thursday. He will return — not as Pope Benedict XVI, but as pope emeritus — a retired man. Hours later, Benedict became the first pope in about 600 years to retire.

As the Pope left Vatican, a last tweet was sent through his official account.

Thank you for your love and support. May you always experience the joy that comes from putting Christ at the centre of your lives.

— Benedict XVI (@Pontifex) February 28, 2013

The account was to be shut down after that, this is his 39th tweet.

After 8 p.m. (2 p.m. Eastern Time), this will mark the exact moment that Pope Benedict's resignation went into effect. The gate will be shut down as a symbol for closing the doors on a papacy legacy. Pope Benedict's is the most marked by the way it ended. The Pope resigned to his duty instead of death.

Benedict will spend his two months in a private retreat house while his apartment is being prepared within the Vatican campus walls.

Pope Benedicy's fisherman's ring, bearing the official insignia of the Bishop of Tome and the Supreme Pontiff of the Catholic Church of Rome will be destroyed. This ring was worn by Benedict for his entire papacy.

A new Fisherman's ring is cast in gold for his replacement.

Just like an ordinary person who retires, Pope Emeritus will also have his own retirement package.  The pope emeritus will receive a monthly pension of 2,500 euros. The Roman Catholic Church will cover his living expenses, provide him with a spacious home inside the Vatican and pay for everything from cooked meals to housekeepers.

Of course, the Pope is not most people. He sure deserve all these...


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