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Thousands jam St. Peter’s Square for Pope’s last general audience

pope Benedykt_XVI VATICAN CITY — Before tens of thousands of people under clear blue skies, Pope Benedict XVI recalled a papacy full of both joy and difficulty as he held his final general audience Wednesday, the eve of his retirement as leader of the world’s Roman Catholics.

Cheers filled St. Peter’s Square as Benedict rode his special Popemobile amid the crowds who had started gathering early in the morning. National flags fluttered alongside banners bearing the simple word “Grazie,” or “thanks.”

It was one of the largest crowds to turn out for Benedict in the colonnaded piazza since he was elevated to the papacy nearly eight years ago. The 85-year-old pope, seated under a canopy on the steps of the grand basilica, responded in several languages to the greetings and tributes read to him from around the world.

He thanked the faithful for their support of his decision to bow to his failing health and become the first pontiff in 600 years to give up the post.

Read the Los Angeles Times article HERE.

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1 Comment

  • Samanthav28

    So why are all these people, including Fox news celebrating this pope? The whole reason he is resigning is to evade charges of child molestation. So were is the justice for his victims? This man is supposed to be closed to God? So God is a child molester? Give me a break. I hope he gets what he gave to his victims one day. And for Shame on Fox news. They can give their unwanted opinion on other subjects but not a word on why the pope is really resigning.


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