February 24th, 2013
03:03 AM ET

Pope Benedict delivers final public blessing, says he will take up life of prayer

Pope Benedict XVI delivered his final public blessing on Sunday to a crowd of thousands at St. Peter's Square in Vatican City.

"Thank you for your affection," the pope told the crowd as he appeared at the window of his apartment overlooking the square.

He told the crowd that he will take up a life of prayer and meditation "to be able to continue serving the church."

After the brief sermon, he chanted the Angelus, a common Catholic prayer, with the crowd.

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  1. stuart

    So what can u say about the pope ?

    February 24, 2013 at 6:12 am | Report abuse |
    • S Alec

      He's German and he has white hair. He wears funny hats.

      February 24, 2013 at 9:03 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Catholic Church; A training ground for paedophilia

    What will he be praying for; maybe the young kids that the members of his church has been fornicating with; or maybe he will be praying for the truth to be covered up.
    This church has and always will be, a breeding gound for paedophiles.

    February 24, 2013 at 7:58 am | Report abuse |
    • Rascal Rabble

      why so hateful? you really need to be more accurate with whom you attribute credit: paedophiles, ephebophiles and pederasts are "gifts" of the gay community along with its h0m0dealogy and h0m0propaganda.

      February 24, 2013 at 8:21 am | Report abuse |
    • maximo

      "You are Peter, and on this rock I will build my Church, and the gates of hell will not prevail against it" (Matt. 16:18).

      The Church has made many mistake because humans are the Church. But at the end God is with it. So I pray for you and the Church.

      February 24, 2013 at 11:48 am | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      There is a difference between a gay priest and pedophile priests that rapes boys AND girls. Learn the difference, Rascal Rabble. Those who excuse pedophilia in the Catholic Church are those who tacitly support it.

      February 24, 2013 at 1:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rascal Rabble

      @banasy you love denyin' truth or rather the facts...90% of scandal involve h0m0s€xua! activ!ty...ma!e 0n ma!e...as in gay activ!ty...journalistic media conveniently buried this fact due its bigotry hatred for the catholic church and it shines a negative light on lgtb movement and shows the tr0jan horse for what it's trully are...predators and blackmailers

      February 24, 2013 at 7:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      Those who excuse pedophilia in their Church by trying to lace the blame on the victims or on gay priests are tacitly approve and sanction it by not taking a stand against the rape of the boys and girls who have been harmed by pedolphilic priests. In other words, an enabler. One who refuses to put aside bigotry for truth will drown in their bigotry.
      One needs to learn the difference between a pedophile and a gay person.
      The Roman Catholic church fosters criminal pedophiles.

      February 24, 2013 at 7:33 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Rascal Rabble

    despite the poor translator...shocked that cnn was so generous to permit the pope benedict xvi to bless every household...thanks!

    February 24, 2013 at 8:07 am | Report abuse |
    • Rascal Rabble

      I like pepperoni pizza.

      February 24, 2013 at 7:44 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Jeff Burdick

    How perfect that for Lent the Pope is giving up working for God. He sure looks eager to start his retirement ASAP, but here are 10 things that the Pope will certainly miss in retirement: http://www.chicagonow.com/fluffington-post/2013/02/pope-benedict-retirement-funny-gallery-333/#image/1

    February 24, 2013 at 10:45 am | Report abuse |
  5. bobcat (in a hat)©

    Did you hear what happened when the Pope went to Mt. Olive? Yeah, Popeye beat the Hell out of him!

    February 24, 2013 at 11:19 am | Report abuse |
    • S Alec

      I wonder what would happen if he went to Mount St. Helen.

      February 24, 2013 at 9:06 pm | Report abuse |
  6. bobcat (in a hat)©

    After a meeting with the Pope, Bill Clinton held a press conference and announced that they had a very successful conference and had agreed on about 60% of what they discussed.

    When asked what they discussed, Clinton replied: "The Ten Commandments."

    February 24, 2013 at 11:23 am | Report abuse |
  7. bobcat (in a hat)©

    President Clinton and the Pope died on the same day, and due to an administrative foul up, Clinton was sent to heaven and the Pope gets sent to hell. The Pope explained the situation to the devil, he checked out all of the paperwork, and the error was acknowledged. The Pope was told, however, that it would take about 24 hours to fix the problem and correct the error. The next day, the Pope was called in and the devil said his good-bye as he went off to heaven. On his way up, he met Clinton who was on his way down, and they stopped to chat.

    Pope: "Sorry about the mix up."

    President Clinton: "No problem."

    Pope: "Well, I'm really excited about going to heaven."

    President Clinton: "Why's that? It's not that great."

    Pope: "All my life I've wanted to meet the Virgin Mary."

    President Clinton: "Sorry, Your Holiness, You're a day late."

    February 24, 2013 at 11:25 am | Report abuse |
  8. maximo

    you are very disresfecful.

    February 24, 2013 at 11:44 am | Report abuse |
    • bobcat (in a hat)©

      disresfecful ? Translate please. If you meant dis-re-spect-ful, well, that depends on the viewer. On size does not fit all.

      February 24, 2013 at 11:53 am | Report abuse |
  9. dazzle ©

    This viewer absolutely loves them so boo hoo @maximo.

    February 24, 2013 at 11:55 am | Report abuse |
    • bobcat (in a hat)©

      Thank you dazzle. Some people have no sense of humor. Am I irreverent from time to time ? Well, I guess I would have to say yes. But being raised in a devout catholic family and seeing first had what it's all about, there's not much I can be told that I don't already know about it. So please, maximo, spare the false outrage.

      February 24, 2013 at 12:08 pm | Report abuse |
  10. maximo

    It is funny how CNN focus on conspiracy theories instead of the Pope' s message.

    February 24, 2013 at 12:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      CNN focuses on the news. The Pope covering up pedophilia, while "uncomfortable" for you, is news.

      February 24, 2013 at 1:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • S Alec

      Ha ha. That IS funny.

      February 24, 2013 at 9:10 pm | Report abuse |
  11. saywhat

    Good morning and thanks@bobcat for making us smile.
    Good morning @dazzle.

    February 24, 2013 at 12:15 pm | Report abuse |
  12. saywhat

    The Church has made no mistakes. All has been planned and plotted since its beginning.

    February 24, 2013 at 12:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      The Church made one mistake: thinking that their duplicity covering up the scandals they helped facilitate wouldn't be found out.

      February 24, 2013 at 1:08 pm | Report abuse |
  13. saywhat

    Good morning@banasy

    February 24, 2013 at 1:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      Good afternoon, saywhat. (It IS afternone for me, lol.)

      February 24, 2013 at 2:10 pm | Report abuse |
  14. saywhat

    o.k. Have a good one.

    February 24, 2013 at 2:28 pm | Report abuse |
  15. saywhat

    Let us let the Pope retire in peace now.

    February 24, 2013 at 2:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • bobcat (in a hat)©


      February 24, 2013 at 3:05 pm | Report abuse |
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