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Pope Benedict XVI delivers a speech during his last weekly audience on Feb. 27, 2013, at St. Peter’s Square at the Vatican.
VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Benedict XVI has recalled moments of “joy and light” during his papacy but also times of great difficulty in an emotional, final general audience in St. Peter’s Square before retiring.
Pope Benedict XVI waves as he arrives on St. Peter’s Square at the Vatican.
Pope Benedict XVI waves to pilgrims in St. Peter’s Square at the Vatican.
8. From Benedict’s Final Speech as Pope to a General Audience:
“To love the church means also to have the courage to take difficult, painful decisions, always keeping the good of the church in mind, not oneself.”
“I have had moments of joy and light, but also moments that haven’t been easy … moments of turbulent seas and rough winds, as has occurred in the history of the church when it seemed like the Lord was sleeping.”