Swiss Guards seal gates, leave service of Pope Emeritus

Vatican City, Feb 28, 2013 / 12:41 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- With the resignation of Pope Benedict XVI on Thursday evening, the Swiss Guards have left their posts and sealed the gates of the former pontiff's temporary residence of Castel Gandolfo. A crowd of Catholic faithful gathered Feb. 28 outside the papal vacation spot. At 8 p.m. Roman time, a loud bell rang eight times as they shouted “Viva il Papa!” or “Long live the Pope!” The Swiss Guards entered Castel … [Read more...]

Pope Benedict’s kiss goodbye

Vatican City, Feb 28, 2013 / 11:26 am (CNA).- The infant son of a Catholic News Agency editor received a farewell kiss on his forehead from Pope Benedict yesterday, at the plaza of St. Peter's Basilica before his final General Audience. “To see him today in the final hours of his papacy and to have him hold my son in his arms was a special kind of blessing, and a consolation from the Lord,” Jenny Uebbing, the mother of the fortunate infant, John Paul, told CNA Feb. … [Read more...]

Pope’s last words: Thank you for your friendship and love

Castel Gandolfo, Italy, Feb 28, 2013 / 10:14 am (CNA/EWTN News).- After the 15-minute helicopter trip to Castel Gandolfo, Pope Benedict XVI offered a word of thanks to the thousands of people who traveled there to support him in has last hours as Pope.   “I am happy to be with you, surrounded by the beauty of Creation and your sympathy that does so much good for me. Thank you for your friendship and love,” the Pope said at around 5:30 p.m. from the balcony of his … [Read more...]

Pope leaves Vatican for Castel Gandolfo

Vatican City, Feb 28, 2013 / 09:37 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Benedict XVI has left the Vatican by helicopter and will soon arrive in the town of Castel Gandolfo where he will live for two months. Staff from the pontifical household, senior cardinals, senior members of the Secretariat of State, and all the Swiss guards lined up in front of the St. Damaso courtyard for their final goodbye. He was then driven from the courtyard to the heliport where he boarded the helicopter, which left at … [Read more...]

Church bells ring out as Pope travels to Castel Gandolfo

Vatican City, Feb 28, 2013 / 09:07 am (CNA/EWTN News).- On Thursday, Feb. 28, church bells in Rome and Albano rang out during the helicopter flight that took Pope Benedict XVI from the Vatican to Castel Gandolfo on the day of his resignation.The Pope departed the Vatican at 5 p.m. local time to travel to Albano, where the papal summer residence is located and where he was welcomed by the faithful. Numerous Catholic communities organized a pilgrimage to Castel Gandolfo to begin … [Read more...]

Benedict XVI pledges respect, obedience to future Pope

Vatican City, Feb 28, 2013 / 05:52 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Benedict XVI surprised the cardinals and organizers of a Feb. 28 farewell ceremony by saying the future Pope is present and that he already pledges his “unconditional respect and obedience” to him. “Before I personally greet you I desire to tell you that I will continue to remain close to you with prayer, especially in these next days, that you may be fully docile to the action of the Holy Spirit in the election of … [Read more...]

Benedict XVI pledges respect, obedience to future Pope

Vatican City, Feb 28, 2013 / 05:52 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Benedict XVI surprised the cardinals and organizers of a Feb. 28 farewell ceremony by saying the future Pope is present and that he already pledges his “unconditional respect and obedience” to him. “Before I personally greet you I desire to tell you that I will continue to remain close to you with prayer, especially in these next days, that you may be fully docile to the action of the Holy Spirit in the election of … [Read more...]


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