The Pope Tweets Farewell, Flees On Popecopter

Benedict peaces out on Twitter and takes to the sky. The Pope leaves the Vatican for the final time as Pope.

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Benedict's Farewell Tweet From @Pontifex

Thank you for your love and support. May you always experience the joy that comes from putting Christ at the centre of your lives.

Thank you for your love and support. May you always experience the joy that comes from putting Christ at the centre of your lives.-- Benedict XVI

He Then Absconds In The Pontiff Chopper

Photo: The helicopter that will take Pope Benedict XVI away as he leaves the Vatican for the last time as pope. http://t.co/1OTFyY54HM

Photo: The helicopter that will take Pope Benedict XVI away as he leaves the Vatican for the last time as pope. http://t.co/1OTFyY54HM-- CBS This Morning

BREAKING: Pope en route to temporary residence outside Rome. PIC http://t.co/LMXPuIPku8

BREAKING: Pope en route to temporary residence outside Rome. PIC http://t.co/LMXPuIPku8-- ABC 7 Chicago

Photo: Pope Benedict XVI boards helicopter as he leaves the Vatican for the last time as #pope http://t.co/M21NvQGqmJ

Photo: Pope Benedict XVI boards helicopter as he leaves the Vatican for the last time as #pope http://t.co/M21NvQGqmJ-- CBS This Morning

Gracias!!! #B16Legend #BenedictoXVI http://t.co/aJz2Wh3vkL

Gracias!!! #B16Legend #BenedictoXVI http://t.co/aJz2Wh3vkL-- JORGE C.

Pope's helicopter leaving #Vatican @Pontifex http://t.co/5C9Tun2ciU

Pope's helicopter leaving #Vatican @Pontifex http://t.co/5C9Tun2ciU-- Mary Murray

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