Skip to comments.Images of the Pope’s departure
Posted on 02/28/2013 3:07:53 PM PST by NYer
The Holy Father is leaving the Apostolic Palace to go to Castel Gandolfo.
Our final view of Pope Benedict XVI as Roman Pontiff.
UPDATE: The doors are closed.
“Dear brothers and sisters, I feel that this Word of God is particularly directed at me, at this point in my life. The Lord is calling me to “climb the mountain”, to devote myself even more to prayer and meditation. But this does not mean abandoning the Church, indeed, if God is asking me to do this it is so that I can continue to serve the Church with the same dedication and the same love with which I have done thus far, but in a way that is better suited to my age and my strength.”
-Pope Benedict XVI, February 24th, 2013
A typical “head of state” trip.
God bless His Holiness, Bendict XVI, Pope Emeritus.
Thanks for posting. Historic. BTTT!
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May God bless and keep him. Such a wonderful man.
I hope there is some sort of security force in place now that he no longer has the Swiss Guards. Lots of crazies out there....
Put your mind at ease. The Swiss Guards turned over the responsibility to the Vatican Gendarmerie. They carry artillery.
Thanks for the pics. I had to work yesterday but watched EWTN last night.
I am going to miss this very holy man and wonderful Pope. We will never see him again in this lifetime.