Thousands of worshippers gathered in St. Peter’s Square this morning for Pope Benedict XVI’s final public blessing.
“We thank God for the sun he has given us,” Benedict said as the clouds cleared during his appearance.
The Pope, who will vacate the papacy on Feb. 28, said he is not abandoning the church. “The Lord is calling me to climb onto the mountain, to dedicate myself even more to prayer and meditation,” he told the crowd. “If God asks this of me, it is precisely because I can continue to serve her with the same dedication and the same love I have shown so far.”