Thursday, February 28, 2013

Last Words as Bishop of Rome

"Thank you from the heart, dear friends! I am glad to be with you, surrounded by the beauty of Creation. From 8 this evening, I will no longer be Pontiff. I am simply a pilgrim who begins the final stage of his pilgrimage on this earth, but I still wish to, with my heart, with my love, with my prayer, with my reflection, work for the good of the Church and for the common good of mankind. Buona notte!" —Given at Castel Gandolfo

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