February 13th, 2013
05:15 AM ET

Pope Benedict makes first appearance since resignation news

Huge crowds in the Vatican cheered Pope Benedict XVI Wednesday as he made his first public appearance since announcing his resignation at the end of the month.

He thanked the Roman Catholic faithful in several languages and said it was not appropriate for him to continue as pope.

"I've decided to resign the ministry given to me by the Lord. I've done this in full freedom, for the benefit of the Church," he told those gathered in a Vatican City audience hall for his regular weekly appearance.


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  1. Sheryl ©

    I just love red shoes, and Benedict XVI did choose such chic ones!

    February 13, 2013 at 9:09 am | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      I find the papal robes to be quite splendiferous, also, if one is into that sort of thing.

      February 13, 2013 at 12:35 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Fred, the Anti-Pope™


    February 13, 2013 at 10:51 am | Report abuse |
  3. TvNyC


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  4. saywhat

    Perhaps the shenanigans in the Church plagued by never ending scandals were too much for Benedict.
    May he retire in peace.

    February 13, 2013 at 1:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • Basil Wrathbone

      May he die in a fire. He deserves no peace or life after having ripped it away from thousands of children victims.

      February 13, 2013 at 4:21 pm | Report abuse |