Venerdì, 19 Ottobre 2018
VATICAN CITY

Tears and cheers for pope as leaves Vatican

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Vatican City, February 28 - Tears and farewell
applause from Vatican staff sent Pope Benedict XVI on his way
into retirement Thursday.
Employees of the Vatican gathered in the courtyard of San
Damaso and loudly applauded Benedict as he boarded the
helicopter to begin his retirement at the papal summer retreat
in Castel Gandolfo.
The pope, 85, was to officially begin his retirement
Thursday at 20:00 local time.
Tears were spotted on many faces of his staff, including
that of photogenic Archbishop Georg Gaenswein, who has been the
pope's personal secretary.
Gaenswein recently appeared on the cover of the Italian
version of Vanity Fair magazine as the first personal secretary
and head of the Papal Household, to become an archbishop.
Awaiting Benedict in Castel Gandolfo, just south of Rome, a
large welcoming party interrupted the praying of the Rosary and
began to peal the bells welcoming Benedict.

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