Pope Benedict XVI begins last day of Pontificate

(Vatican Radio) The Pontificate of Pope Benedict XVI will come to an end with the Sede Vacante (“Vacant See”) beginning at 8pm Rome time (7pm GMT). On the last full day of his pontificate, Pope Benedict will hold a special farewell meeting with members of the College of Cardinals in the Clementine Hall.  At 4.55 p.m. the Pope will bid farewell to the pontifical household, and depart the Apostolic Palace by car from the San Damaso Courtyard.  From there, he will be driven to the Vatican heliport, where he will be seen off by the Dean of the College of Cardinals, Cardinal Angelo Sodano.  At 5.15 p.m. he will be flown to Castel Gandolfo, about 30 km from Rome. The Holy Father will then briefly greet the faithful of the Diocese of Albano from the central balcony of the Apostolic Palace. This will be the last public appearance of Pope Benedict XVI while in office.  At 8 p.m, the reign of the 265th Pope, the 264th successor of St. Peter, will come to an end, having lasted 7 years, 10 months, and 9 days.

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Thursday 28
at 11:00 (12:00 South African time)
Farewell Greeting of the Pope to the Cardinals
Clementine Hall

at 16:30 (17:30 South African time)
Departure of the Pope from the Vatican for Castel Gandolfo

at 19:50 (20:50 South African time)
Closing main door of Papal Residence in Castel Gandolfo

RAI INTERNATIONAL (DSTV Channel 430): Special program from 17:45-19:45 (South Africa time)

We presume that CNN (Channel 401), BBC (Channel 400), EuroNews (Channel 414) most likely will transmit a live feed of the departure from the Vatican (around 17:30 South African time).


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