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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.

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

soundoff (67 Responses)
  1. kevobx

    Satan is him even; *John 11:36-37 Then said the Jews, Behold how he loved him! And some of them said, Could not this man, which opened the eyes of the blind, have caused that even this man should not have died? *Isaiah 43:8 Bring forth the blind people that have eyes, and the deaf that have ears. *John 11:48 If we let him thus alone, all men will believe on him: and the Romans shall come and take away both our place and nation. *John 9:9 Some said, This is he: others said, He is like him: but he said, I am he. *Isaiah 46:3-4 Hearken unto me, O house of Jacob, and all the remnant of the house of Israel, which are borne by me from the belly, which are carried from the womb: And even to your old age I am he: and even to hoar hairs will I carry you: I have made, and I will bear; even I will carry, and will deliver you. *Isaiah 10:21 The remnant shall return, even the remnant of Jacob, unto the mighty God.

    February 28, 2013 at 11:50 pm |
    • realbuckyball

      Was that crap supposed to mean something ? Doing Babble quotes is a waste of time.

      February 28, 2013 at 11:51 pm |
  2. clarity

    So before Twitter, he just sat around and watched John Wayne movies all the time?

    February 28, 2013 at 10:41 pm |
    • Jah!

      Clint Eastwood movies, actually. And because he was so isolated, it caused some funny things to happen. He wandered the Vatican telling everyone he was the "Pope with no name", and that he was one of the Popes of Madison County. Other days he insisted on being called "Dirty Popey", mumbling what observers said sounded like "Go ahead, make my toast."

      February 28, 2013 at 11:03 pm |
  3. realbuckyball

    So the servant of the servants of god goes to his OTHER castle/palace/villa, (said the Director of Pontifical Villas).
    heh heh

    February 28, 2013 at 8:39 pm |
    • Wobbly Bob

      . . . in the Helicopter Of Humility

      February 28, 2013 at 10:32 pm |
    • ISLAM FOUNDATION OF AMERICAN CONSTI TUTION

      do you pay a dime? get real bucky bull you piece of garbage.

      February 28, 2013 at 10:45 pm |
    • Just wondering

      Does anyone have the slightest clue what "do you pay a dime" is supposed to mean? Or am I trying to make sense of an impenetrable psychotic state?

      February 28, 2013 at 10:56 pm |
    • realbuckyball

      It's a psychotic state. Ever been to his web site ? It's the definition of "psychotic". It's evidence he is unbalanced.

      February 28, 2013 at 11:49 pm |
  4. prophet

    we are praying for you all

    February 28, 2013 at 7:45 pm |
    • ISLAM FOUNDATION OF AMERICAN CONSTI TUTION

      Ys, every one knows, hindus crooks are praying, hunting innocent to be their gentile, slaves.

      February 28, 2013 at 8:05 pm |
    • ISLAM FOUNDATION OF AMERICAN CONSTI TUTION

      Yes we Swines of Mohammad will be praying for him too!!

      February 28, 2013 at 8:13 pm |
    • realbuckyball

      I have it on good evidence that there is an entire colony of Albino squirrels converting to filthy Hinduism, so they can engage in sodomy, and not go to hell. Would Bippy know anything about that abomination ? Please put out the word to the rodent world.

      February 28, 2013 at 10:21 pm |
    • ISLAM FOUNDATION OF AMERICAN CONSTI TUTION

      real filthy bucky bull eh!! get lost goon

      February 28, 2013 at 10:42 pm |
  5. prophet

    Forgiveness to you all

    February 28, 2013 at 7:44 pm |
    • ISLAM FOUNDATION OF AMERICAN CONSTI TUTION

      Who asked for it, repent and seek forgiveness from truth absolute LORD, for spewing your hinduism criminality of hindu criminal trinity, by dividing truth absolute 360* in to two, to hind fool humanity in to hinduism denial of truth absolute.

      February 28, 2013 at 8:07 pm |
    • Mohammad

      Please forgive me for my sins.

      February 28, 2013 at 8:36 pm |
  6. prophet

    we are praying for you all.

    February 28, 2013 at 7:41 pm |
    • realbuckyball

      Let us know when your prayers "take". Meanwhile, we won't hold our breath.

      February 28, 2013 at 10:18 pm |
    • ISLAM FOUNDATION OF AMERICAN CONSTI TUTION

      Ya you better hold your breath, you stink like garbage, goon

      February 28, 2013 at 10:49 pm |
  7. prophet

    catholics are deceived and misled we are praying for you all.

    February 28, 2013 at 7:39 pm |
  8. ISLAM FOUNDATION OF AMERICAN CONSTI TUTION

    As the lovely Pope Benedict would pace in his retirement home, my Catholic mother would be dancing through the ashes of filthy Al-Madinah, and spread the crap on all the paths Muhammad had walked in his last days on earth. While peaceful Pope would be praying Jesus to forgive Mohammad for his sins, Swines of Mohammad would be painting the streets of Al-Madinah with obscene Koranic verses.

    February 28, 2013 at 7:36 pm |
    • ISLAM FOUNDATION OF AMERICAN CONSTI TUTION

      Post your hinduism ,kenjer ism under your own hindu kenjer ID, hindu kenjer from hindered gutter of hinduism kenjer ism india.

      February 28, 2013 at 8:03 pm |
    • ISLAM FOUNDATION OF AMERICAN CONSTI TUTION

      Swine of Mohammad, be gone.

      February 28, 2013 at 8:12 pm |
  9. ISLAM FOUNDATION OF AMERICAN CONSTI TUTION

    hindu, worst of all, they deny human equality under hindu invented hinduism, racism, trinity, divide of truth absolute 360* in to two. Deserve not to exist, but be prosecuted and banished for good for violating human rights on large scale.

    February 28, 2013 at 7:18 pm |
    • ISLAM FOUNDATION OF AMERICAN CONSTI TUTION

      Swine of Mohammad.

      February 28, 2013 at 7:50 pm |
  10. Mohammad A. Dead

    HE WILL BE FORGOTTEN, BY HIS LOYAL FOLLOWERS.

    February 28, 2013 at 7:14 pm |
  11. prophet

    we are praying for him and the other liars who mislead people to give them money.

    February 28, 2013 at 7:06 pm |
  12. prophet

    what is realy disgusting about the catholic clergy is that all that wealth and their believers are poor and have nothing, this is what s so evil about these evil catholic clergy.

    February 28, 2013 at 7:01 pm |
  13. prophet

    he also said that he is in the wilderness with Our Saviour, but how can he be when hes in one of the biggest private buildings in Europe and all that gold and money and everything else that deprives the poor, what a liar and also the other catholics. disgusting evil, the catholic clergy are the abomination that causes desolation and its doing just that.

    Its all crumbling and its obvious. Its already finished but the clergy are trying to make it look as if it isn't.

    February 28, 2013 at 6:58 pm |
  14. prophet

    a pilgrim with a house like that and gold and money, hes just a hypocrite and a liar.

    February 28, 2013 at 6:52 pm |
  15. Terry

    Mithra was just a pilgrim.

    February 28, 2013 at 5:30 pm |
    • Terry

      Mithra is the son of God.

      What you have to troll and use other peoples handles cause you are losing the argument. Grow up.

      February 28, 2013 at 5:31 pm |
    • ISLAM FOUNDATION OF AMERICAN CONSTI TUTION

      Mithra are present day Iranians, the real sons of God.

      February 28, 2013 at 6:19 pm |

    • Even God has special-needs children.

      February 28, 2013 at 6:27 pm |
    • ISLAM FOUNDATION OF AMERICAN CONSTI TUTION

      use your own ID, hindu, copy cat.

      February 28, 2013 at 7:13 pm |
    • ISLAM FOUNDATION OF AMERICAN CONSTI TUTION

      up your a ss, you Paki tard

      February 28, 2013 at 7:16 pm |
    • Filthy Hind I love to Mithrism lick and talk Islam bunk

      Islam likes to lick Hindu filthy hind-end.

      March 1, 2013 at 1:44 am |
  16. Pope-On-A-Rope Soap

    Now I'll have more time to market my line of male toiletry products. They'll go anywhere and everywhere.

    February 28, 2013 at 5:26 pm |
  17. Sara Howells

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KcyW7rMYR7A

    February 28, 2013 at 5:24 pm |
    • Garbage Alert

      This poster is here just to get hits for their youtube video. It's garbage, like all the others they have tried here.

      Click the report abuse link to get rid of this troll.

      February 28, 2013 at 5:27 pm |
  18. His Totally Superholy Wonderfulness Benedict XVI, Best Pope Emeritus Since The Dawn Of Time

    I'm just a poor pilgrim in a helicopter on my way to the poor vatican resort, who will live in the poverty of lavish meals and expensive clothes, in luxurious quarters. You know, like pilgrims do.

    February 28, 2013 at 4:45 pm |
  19. Christianity is a form of SEVERE mental illness

    'I'm just a pilgrim' Benedict XVI says
    .
    But still remains a POS

    February 28, 2013 at 4:25 pm |
    • Check

      We can't all be like you.

      February 28, 2013 at 4:38 pm |
  20. Check

    Good luck!

    February 28, 2013 at 4:14 pm |
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