Rorate Caeli

The last public words as Pope

From the balcony at Castel Gandolfo:


"Thank you, thank you from my heart. I am happy to be here with you, surrounded by the beauty of Creation and your friendship that does me so much good, thank you for your friendship, for caring. You know that today is different from others… as of eight pm I will no longer be the Supreme Pontiff of the Catholic Church. I will simply be a pilgrim who is beginning the last part of his pilgrimage on earth. But with my heart, my love, my prayer, with all my inner strength, I will work for the common good and the good of the Church and all humanity. And I feel greatly supported by your affection. Let us move forward together with the Lord for the good of the Church and the world. I will now impart upon you all my Apostolic Blessing
Thank you and good night. Thank you all"!

The balcony is now empty. In two hours, as the February 10/11, 2013, declaration of renunciation enters into force, the Roman See will be vacant.

31 comments:

Eugene said...

This is simply heart-breaking... Long live our Holy Father Pope Benedict!

Gratias said...

Watched this in ETWN. It was so moving.

Many thanks Benedict for eight years that moved the church in the right direction. We will miss you. Benedicto, ora pro Nobis.

Unknown said...

Consummatum est....

Barbara said...

Heart-breaking!

Lugens amare said...

So desperately sad.

Hidden One said...

Nunc dimittis.

backtothefuture said...

It feels like losing a parent, in the spiritual sense.

Prof X said...

I too am heart-broken.

I hope and pray that His Holiness is at peace with his decision, and, relieved from the burdens of office, is able to serve the Church for many years to come as Pope Emeritus.

I also hope and pray that his living presence helps move the Cardinals to select a worthy succesor who will build upon (rather than retreat from) his accomplishments and his agenda.

Prof. Basto said...

Heart-breaking indeed.

God bless and reward the Holy Father Benedict XVI.

Long live the Pope!

Hidden One said...

Santo! ... post multos annos.

Eugene said...

I can't help thinking that this is a day of mourning. We're witnessing the passing of an era. The Eternal City has seen it all. We're all but pilgrims.

NBW said...

This is heart breaking. May God Bless Pope Benedict XVI.

Cruise the Groove. said...

Deo Gratias for our great Holy Father!

Kathleen said...

I'm so grateful at being in time to receive Our Holy Father's last Apostolic Blessing.

It is indeed like losing a parent.

Benedict Carter said...

God bless you Holy Father. May Our Lord fill your remaining life on earth with peace, with His closeness, and grant you and all of us the grace of final perseverance. Thank you for centering the Church again on Jesus Christ.

Eugene said...

My brain refuses to assimilate what we saw today. What a great loss for all those who truly love the Holy Mother Church! God bless our beloved Holy Father!

Jeanne Holler said...

So very sad and heart breaking , it truly is like losing a parent .

I sat here watching this on a webcast and could hardly believe what I was witnessing ...

May we pray for Benedict XVI, the Conclave and the Next Holy Pope.

Thank you Holy Father for your Love and Humility ! Long Live The Pope !

Benedict Carter said...

well, that's it. We do not have a Pope.

Eugene said...

Instead of faithfully serving our beloved Vicar of Christ, some people in his entourage chose to betray him causing his paternal heart so much grief. How can they live with themselves now?

Athelstane said...

This is very sad.

The Holy Father really does look much more aged this last year. A religious sister I know took communion from him in December; she observed that such was his appearance that she would not have been surprised to learn that he had died the next week.

Viva il Papa!

Damask Rose said...

Goodbye Papa Benedict.

It's so sad, I feel like mourning somehow.

But he will still be with us, praying for and praying with us.

God bless you Pope Benedict and thank you.

Eugene said...

We Catholics have such a personal connection with Christ's Vicar. I thought my heart was going to burst from grief while watching our sweet Christ on earth leave the Vatican.

Aunt Raven said...

Something tells me that the Holy Father's action is prophetic concerning the entire Church at a later date: to "officially" disappear: yet abide hidden in Christ and dynamically alive in prayer until God decrees otherwise.

Matt said...

I watched the Departure. Sad. It's so poignant to see it unfold even though it was simple and straightforward. The views we got glimpses of were awesome. Would have been more exciting I think if the circumstances were a lot less somber.

His words at the balcony of Castel Gandolfo were short and to the point.

We pray for Holy Father Emeritus Benedict!

thomas tucker said...

Athelstane, I agree with that. I was there in October for the canonization of St. Kateri, and he looked so frail and weak that I thought he must not have long to live. But may God grant him more years.

xavier said...



He does not look well, no. Dramatically older.

I remember seeing him in Rome in 1987 and don't recognize him as the same person. While he was a liberal at V2, I enjoyed some of his writing, especially the Ratzinger Report. I think that marked the first time someone involved in that council candidly admitted that it had not yielded good things.

Unknown said...

U am really heart-broken and profoundly sad.Our Holy Father Benedict XVI is one of the greatest Popes in the history of the Holy Church!Oremus pro Ecclesia Sancta Dei!

Benedetto! said...

No matter how much I disagreed, and frankly, felt scandalized, angry, and confused, by the abdication, and no matter how much more I wish he would have done during his reign, I am so profoundly sad to see Papa Benedetto leave. It was heartbreaking, I think more heartbreaking than if he had died. My intuition goes against it but I hope that we continue to see and hear from him. May God Bless him. Whatever more I wished he would have done, he was a true and great Pope.

poeta said...

Thank you, Most Holy Father.

The only Pope in the last half-century to leave the Church in better shape than he found it.

KSW said...

Poeta,

I too love Pope Benedict XVI and tradition,but you must admit that John Paul II also left the Church in better shape than he found it. If you don't believe this, then clearly you are under the age of 40 and don't remember what things were like in the early 80s.

poeta said...

KSW: I am over 40 and remember quite well the early 1980's, when His Holiness was appointing all those horrific bishops. Yes, I meant what I said.