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Benedict XVI's Last Speech as Pope

Last edited 20th June 2013

It was the first time ever a Pope's farewell was televised live. Benedict XVI left his home inside the Vatican joined by cardinals Angelo Comastri and Agostino Vallini. At about 5 p.m., before getting in the car that would take him to the helicopter, he said goodbye to the staff at the Vatican. Upon arriving at Castel Gandolfo, thousands of pilgrims, donned with banners, thank you signs and flags, cheered on the last few words of Benedict XVI as Pope.

Here is the full text of the brief address Benedict XVI gave on Thursday 28 February 2013 when he arrived at Castel Gandolfo. This was the last speech and the final blessing he will give as Pope!

Dear friends, I am happy to be with you, surrounded by the beauty of Creation and your affection that does me much good. Thank you for your friendship, your love.

You know that this day for me is different from previous ones: I am no longer the Supreme Pontiff of the Catholic Church: until eight in the evening I will be still, and then no longer. I am simply a pilgrim who begins the last leg of his pilgrimage on this earth.

But I wish still with my heart, my love, my prayer, my reflection, with all my inner strength, to work for the common good and the good of the Church and of humanity. And I feel very much supported by your affection.

Let's go forward with the Lord for the good of the Church and the world.

Thank you, I give you now... with all my heart, my blessing.

Thank you, good night! Thank you all!

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Tara McInnes wrote at 7:00am on March 1st 2013
Love you Benedict..