Benedict’s final farewell

What else could I post about today? Pope Benedict in the past couple of hours has held his final general audience and what is expected to be his last major public appearance as Pope — and possibly in his life, if my expectations that he will live a life of almost total seclusion after his retirement are accurate.

SQPN has posted a recording of the audience, with my good friend Father Roderick Vonhogen offering the commentary. I recommend watching the emotional scenes as the Pope and the faithful demonstrate  their mutual affection for each other.

He has about 36 hours left before he becomes Pontiff Emeritus. What a momentous occasion this resignation/abdication is, and my perception of the significance of it has only increased in couple of weeks since the announcement was made. I’ll write a lot more about the pontificate in the coming days, but today’s a day to soak in the final audience. Enjoy it here.

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