Thursday, 28 February 2013
Pope Benedict XVI: 'Thank You And Good Night'
There were huge cheers as the Pontiff, wearing a white robe, briefly stepped out onto the main balcony of his villa and spoke to the faithful with a final apostolic blessing.
"I am very happy to be here with you, surrounded by the beauty of the world. Thank you for your friendship and your affection," he said.
"As you know, today is different to previous ones.
"I will only be the supreme pontiff of the Catholic Church until 8pm and then no longer. I will simply be a pilgrim who is starting the last phase of his pilgrimage on this earth.
"However, With all my heart and love and my prayers, I would like to work for the good of the Church and humanity.
"I feel your support ... Let's go on together for the Church and the good of the world."
He went on to say: "From the bottom of my heart I bless you ... Thank you and good night."