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Pope Benedict XVI’s final tweet

At 8pm this evening, Rome time, Pope Benedict XVI is saying goodbye.

When he succeeded the late Pope John Paul II nearly eight years ago this April, many of us had never known another pope. Yes, Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger had much to live up to against his well-loved predecessor.

But after so long, in a term racked by disclosures of the butler, Holocaust denials, and his own conservatism, he is calling it a day.

We hope he finds more solace as he stands down from the papacy, the first one to do so in over half a millennium.

God bless Pope Benedict XVI. And may we all pray that his successor be a strong leader in carrying the Catholic Faith.

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