February 28th, 2013
04:08 PM ET

'I'm just a pilgrim' Benedict XVI says as he bids public farewell

By Laura Smith-Spark and Richard Allen Greene, CNN

Rome (CNN) - Benedict XVI's time as pope came to a historic end Thursday, as he became the first pontiff in six centuries to resign as leader of the world's Roman Catholics, who now number 1.2 billion.

Torchlit crowds stood before the gates of the Castel Gandolfo residence, waiting to see the Swiss Guards, the soldiers who traditionally protect the pope, salute and close the doors on the stroke of 8 p.m.

The guards' departure from the papal summer home brings Benedict's papacy to a formal end. The protection of Benedict there falls now to Vatican police.

- CNN Belief Blog

Filed under: Catholic Church • Pope • Pope Benedict XVI • Vatican

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  1. Sara Howells


    March 3, 2013 at 8:30 am |
    • Garbage Alert

      This video is garbage and not worth watching. This poster is only trying to get hits for the youtube site which is why they keep posting their videos here.

      Click the report abuse link.

      March 3, 2013 at 10:15 am |
  2. Filthy Hind I love to Mithrism lick and talk Islam bunk

    A "pilgrim" who goes from humble palace to humble palace. Right.

    March 1, 2013 at 9:30 pm |
  3. kevobx

    Satan worshippers will do whatever it takes, to keep you from the Bible. The house of Esau is thou the white man. And the house of Jacob the black man is thee. Deny the truth, and the Most High will deny you. Watch. Asaph is the recorder *Psalm 75:9-10 But I declare for ever; I will sing praises to the God of Jacob. All the horns of the wicked also will I cut off; but the horns of righteous shall be exalted. *Matthew 7:28-29 And it came to pass, when Jesus had ended these sayings, the people were astonished at his doctrine: For he taught them as one having authority, and not as the scribes. *Isaiah 33:18 Thine heart shall mediate terror. Where is the scribe? where is the receiver? where is he that counted the towers? *John 5:43 I am come in my Father's name, and ye receive me not: if another shall come in his own name, him ye will receive. *Jeremiah 8:21 For the hurt of the daughter of my people am I hurt; I am black; astonishment hath taken hold on me. *Matthew 8:12 But the children of the kingdom shall be cast out into outer darkness: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth. *Isaiah 8:22 And they shall look unto the earth; and behold trouble and darkness, dimness of anguish; and they shall be driven to darkness.

    March 1, 2013 at 2:09 pm |
    • Filthy Hind I love to Mithrism lick and talk Islam bunk


      March 1, 2013 at 9:29 pm |
  4. AvdBerg

    The Spiritual Truth


    Narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it (Matthew 7:14).

    March 1, 2013 at 1:33 pm |
  5. AvdBerg

    Spiritual Truth


    Narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it (Matthew 7:14).

    March 1, 2013 at 12:53 pm |
  6. Atheism is not healthy for children and other living things

    Prayer changes things,

    March 1, 2013 at 6:56 am |
    • Jesus

      Prayer does not; you are such a LIAR. You have NO proof it changes anything! A great example of prayer proven not to work is the Christians in jail because prayer didn't work and their children died. For example: Susan Grady, who relied on prayer to heal her son. Nine-year-old Aaron Grady died and Susan Grady was arrested.

      An article in the Journal of Pediatrics examined the deaths of 172 children from families who relied upon faith healing from 1975 to 1995. They concluded that four out of five ill children, who died under the care of faith healers or being left to prayer only, would most likely have survived if they had received medical care.

      The statistical studies from the nineteenth century and the three CCU studies on prayer are quite consistent with the fact that humanity is wasting a huge amount of time on a procedure that simply doesn’t work. Nonetheless, faith in prayer is so pervasive and deeply rooted, you can be sure believers will continue to devise future studies in a desperate effort to confirm their beliefs!:`

      March 1, 2013 at 8:12 am |
    • midwest rail

      B-or-i-n-g. And pointless.

      March 1, 2013 at 8:16 am |
  7. Science

    Looks like the rat knows

    Feb. 27, 2013 — If you ask a rat whether it knows


    March 1, 2013 at 5:49 am |
    • chrissy hitchens

      The pope is a child of God. You are, well you are a self made creation, right hand or left?

      March 1, 2013 at 8:00 am |
    • Science

      Opposing thumbs work .

      March 1, 2013 at 8:23 am |
  8. kevobx

    Grace and truth is Christ. *Acts 23:8 For the Sadducees say that there is no resurrection, neither angel, nor spirit: but the Pharisees confess both. *Matthew 9:14 Then came to him the disciples of John, saying, Why do we and the Pharisees fast oft, but thy disciples fast not? *Isaiah 58:6 Is not this the fast that I have chosen? to loose the bands of wickedness, to undo the heavy burdens, and to let the oppressed go free, and that ye break every yoke? *Acts 23:14 And they came to the chief priests and elders, and said, We have bound ourselves under a great curse, that we will eat nothing until we have slain Paul. *Revelation 2:13 I know thy works, and where thou dwellest, even where Satan's seat is: and thou holdest fast my name, and hast not denied my faith, even in those days wherein Antipas was my faithful martyr, who was slain among you, where Satan dwelleth. *1st Corinthians 4:9 For I think that God hath set forth us the apostles last, as it were appointed to death: for we are made a spectacle unto the world, and to angels, and to men.

    March 1, 2013 at 2:05 am |
    • End Religion

      Hey you crazy fool, how's it going?

      March 1, 2013 at 2:31 am |
    • Qwerty Elemeno

      So when you cut and paste random bits of the Bible together, it still doesn't make any sense that way either?

      March 1, 2013 at 2:37 am |
  9. kevobx

    The tree of knowledge is power to the people. *Proverbs 1:24 Because I have called, and ye refused; I have stretched out my hand, and no man regarded; *Isaiah 9:21 and they together shall be against Judah. For all this anger is not turned away, but his hand is stretched out still. *Luke 22:30 That ye may eat and drink at my table in my kingdom, and sit on thrones judging the twelve tribes of Israel. (The new Jerusalem *Revelation 3:12 and I will write upon him my new name.) *Revelation 3:21 To him that overcometh will I grant to sit with me in my throne, even as I also overcame, and am set down with my Father in his throne. *Revelation 19:22 His eyes were as a flame of fire, and on his head were many crowns; and he had a name written, that no man knew, but he himself.

    March 1, 2013 at 12:57 am |
    • End Religion

      Hey you crazy bastard, how's it going?

      March 1, 2013 at 1:04 am |
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