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Thu Feb 28, 2013, 12:12 PM

After Pledging Loyalty to Successor, Pope Leaves Vatican

Source: New York Times



VATICAN CITY —Pope Benedict XVI left the Vatican by helicopter on Thursday afternoon, arriving at the papal summer residence in the final hours of his nearly eight-year, scandal-dogged papacy. Onlookers in St. Peter’s Square cheered, church bells rang and Romans stood on rooftops to wave flags as he flew by.

His retirement formally takes effect at 8 p.m. local time — three hours after his departure — when he will become the pope emeritus.

Earlier, in one of his concluding acts, he addressed the cardinals who will elect his successor, urging them to be “like an orchestra” that harmonizes for the good of the Roman Catholic Church and pledging that he would behave with “unconditional reverence and obedience” toward his successor.

After thanking the more than 100 cardinals collectively from a gilded throne in the Clementine Hall of the Apostolic Palace, the pope rose and greeted each of them individually.

Read more: http://www.nytimes.com/2013/03/01/world/europe/pope-benedict-xvi.html

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Reply After Pledging Loyalty to Successor, Pope Leaves Vatican (Original post)
onehandle Feb 2013 OP
babydollhead Feb 2013 #1
LittleGirl Feb 2013 #2
hrmjustin Feb 2013 #3
SylviaD Feb 2013 #7
devilgrrl Feb 2013 #4
840high Feb 2013 #5
amuse bouche Feb 2013 #6
magical thyme Feb 2013 #8
Ken Burch Feb 2013 #10
magical thyme Feb 2013 #11
Ken Burch Feb 2013 #13
GiveMeFreedom Feb 2013 #12
Ken Burch Feb 2013 #9
Ken Burch Feb 2013 #14
Zoeisright Feb 2013 #15
Alamuti Lotus Mar 2013 #16
Ken Burch Mar 2013 #17
lunatica Mar 2013 #18

Response to onehandle (Original post)

Thu Feb 28, 2013, 12:22 PM

1. buh bye. n/t

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Response to onehandle (Original post)

Thu Feb 28, 2013, 12:25 PM

2. arrest him now while he's out of the Vatican

safe house!

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Response to onehandle (Original post)

Thu Feb 28, 2013, 01:10 PM

3. Go with God Benedict!

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Response to hrmjustin (Reply #3)

Thu Feb 28, 2013, 05:15 PM

7. Bless you and bless the Holy Father. n/t

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Response to onehandle (Original post)

Thu Feb 28, 2013, 01:18 PM

5. I wish him

peace. Very sad day for some Catholics.

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Response to onehandle (Original post)

Thu Feb 28, 2013, 02:13 PM

6. What a vile sham

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Response to onehandle (Original post)

Thu Feb 28, 2013, 06:08 PM

8. omg this comment is ridiculous

"If people studied history, they'd realize that scandals have existed in the Church even when Christ walked amongst us in the flesh. Remember it was one of his own apostles, Judas Iscariot, who sold him out:? and it was Peter, who denied him, not once but three times!"

Huh? Last I heard, the Church did not exist when Christ walked amongst us in the flesh.

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Response to magical thyme (Reply #8)

Thu Feb 28, 2013, 06:48 PM

10. Actually, Jesus asked Judas to sell him out and he needed Peter to deny him.

Those two things weren't a scandal...they were needed to make the story reach its intended conclusion.

A scandal would have been if Matthew, Mark and Luke went out cottaging after the Last Supper, and then gave fierce sermons condemning "immorality" later.

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Response to Ken Burch (Reply #10)

Thu Feb 28, 2013, 07:38 PM

11. not a biblical scholar, but that's the way I remember it too...

p.s. no idea what cottaging is, but I think I get the general idea

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Response to magical thyme (Reply #11)

Thu Feb 28, 2013, 10:58 PM

13. Let's just say "What happens in the Curia...stays in the Curia..."

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Response to magical thyme (Reply #8)

Thu Feb 28, 2013, 08:35 PM

12. Trivial tid bit

Are you sure?

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Response to onehandle (Original post)

Thu Feb 28, 2013, 06:45 PM

9. Was he seen later at Denny's?

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Response to onehandle (Original post)

Thu Feb 28, 2013, 11:24 PM

14. If only he'd done the "Nixon arms" thing on the way into the helicopter...

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Response to onehandle (Original post)

Thu Feb 28, 2013, 11:57 PM

15. Don't let the door hit ya

where evolution split ya, you disgusting ass.

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Response to onehandle (Original post)

Fri Mar 1, 2013, 02:16 AM

16. he has to stay at the summer residence in March? oh will the persecution of Christianity ever end!?

 

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Response to onehandle (Original post)

Fri Mar 1, 2013, 04:02 AM

17. Wouldn't it be great if he holed up in Avignon with a squad of Swiss Guards?

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Response to onehandle (Original post)

Fri Mar 1, 2013, 07:30 AM

18. I don't think we've heard the last of him

He'll go down in history as more than just the first pope emeritus ever

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