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Tens of thousands pack St. Peter’s Square for pope’s final general audience

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Pope Benedict XVI sent what will be one of his last papal tweets shortly after holding his final general audience on Wednesday.

this is a father saying goodbye, as he transitions into what just may be his most powerful role yet. #WednesdayAudience #B16

— Kathryn Jean Lopez (@kathrynlopez) February 27, 2013

Tens of thousands of faithful visited St. Peter’s Square to hear the pope’s farewell address.

Photo: Crowds gather at the Vatican for Pope Benedict XVI’s final address twitter.com/CBSThisMorning…

— CBS This Morning (@CBSThisMorning) February 27, 2013

55,000, or 10 times thee size of a usual February audience,requested tickets for today’s audience. They get seats. Thousands more expected.

— Catholic Telegraph (@cathtelegraph) February 27, 2013

Still an impressive number of pilgrims – @100,000 at least in St Peter’s this morning.

— Edward Pentin (@edwardpentin) February 27, 2013

Pope says his papacy faced joy but also difficult moments; says faced choppy seas, headwinds, at times “it seems that the lord was sleeping”

— Reuters Top News (@Reuters) February 27, 2013

“The Lord was in that boat, that the boat was not mine or ours, but was his and he will not let it founder.” Pope Benedict //Jesus’ Church!

— Chris Kinner (@thekinner) February 27, 2013

“I am not abandoning the cross, I will remain, in a way at the foot of the crucified Lord” Pope Benedict XVI twitter.com/catholicnet/st…

— Catholic Net (@catholicnet) February 27, 2013

Pope Benedict XVI speaking to the pilgrims at the Last General Audience twitter.com/catholicnet/st…

— Catholic Net (@catholicnet) February 27, 2013

Beautiful day in St Peter’s Square for the Pope’s final general audience. twitter.com/edwardpentin/s…

— Edward Pentin (@edwardpentin) February 27, 2013

PHOTO: View of a packed St.Peter’s Square where Pope Benedict XVI holds his last general audience. REUTERS/Max Rossitwitpic.com/c77azc

— ABS-CBN News Channel (@ANCALERTS) February 27, 2013

THE POPE!!! The last Wednesday service instagr.am/p/WO7_oNLaNb/

— greer homstad (@ghomstad) February 27, 2013

RT @cbsthismorning: Pope’s final public address. @pontifex asks faithful to pray for him and his successor (PHOTO) twitter.com/CBSThisMorning…

— Kris Vera-Phillips (@queenkv) February 27, 2013

The crowd outside of the Vatican for Pope Benedict’s last address. Can’t believe we got to be there. instagr.am/p/WO6wxLSugP/

— Emily Baksa (@Emuhlee_21) February 27, 2013

Thousands of people in St. Peter’s Square in last public event to see the Pope Benedict XVI twitter.com/GiftshopHariss…

— Gift shop Harissa (@GiftshopHarissa) February 27, 2013

The pope kissing babies as he does his last public appearance before he resigns tomorrow.. find out what… instagr.am/p/WO4Dx3yjLa/

— Mario Paredes (@MParedes4) February 27, 2013

FULL TEXT: Pope Benedict XVI’s last General Audience en.radiovaticana.va/news/2013/02/2… (Photo: Allesandro Bianchi/Reuters) twitter.com/TeDeumBlog/sta…

— Diane Korzeniewski (@TeDeumBlog) February 27, 2013

National Review Online’s Kathryn Jean Lopez tweeted her impressions of the pope’s final public address.

what love on display this morning. #Roma

— Kathryn Jean Lopez (@kathrynlopez) February 27, 2013

praying with this Holy Father … THIS not for the last time … there will be a continuing unity in prayer ….

— Kathryn Jean Lopez (@kathrynlopez) February 27, 2013

there is something so profound about what Pope Benedict XVI is teaching us about prayer in his resignation.

— Kathryn Jean Lopez (@kathrynlopez) February 27, 2013

we see a Church that is alive! Pope Benedict observes.

— Kathryn Jean Lopez (@kathrynlopez) February 27, 2013

the pope shares his own prayer. Lord, what do you ask of me? This is the prayer of our lives! #ExaminedLife

— Kathryn Jean Lopez (@kathrynlopez) February 27, 2013

the boat of the church is HIS — God’s … B16 He leads it.

— Kathryn Jean Lopez (@kathrynlopez) February 27, 2013

feel loved by God! you are!! –b16

— Kathryn Jean Lopez (@kathrynlopez) February 27, 2013

We are grateful for the gift of faith, which is the most precious thing. B16

— Kathryn Jean Lopez (@kathrynlopez) February 27, 2013

God loves for us and waits for us, expects that we love him! — B16

— Kathryn Jean Lopez (@kathrynlopez) February 27, 2013

everything Pope Benedict XVI says this morning seems like it should have an exclamation point!

— Kathryn Jean Lopez (@kathrynlopez) February 27, 2013

Pope Benedict talks about wanting everyone to know the joy of Christianity. His remaining days will be in prayer that we do.

— Kathryn Jean Lopez (@kathrynlopez) February 27, 2013

this is the heart of a father open before all this morning #Roma

— Kathryn Jean Lopez (@kathrynlopez) February 27, 2013

the church isn’t an organization but a living community of brothers and sisters in Jesus Christ — B16

— Kathryn Jean Lopez (@kathrynlopez) February 27, 2013

earlier this week @cardinaldolan said of B16: I don’t think he’ll have any trouble in a life of solitude and seclusion…. He’s a pray-er.

— Kathryn Jean Lopez (@kathrynlopez) February 27, 2013

after these papal days of mine, I remain at the foot of the crucified Lord … in the vineyard — B16

— Kathryn Jean Lopez (@kathrynlopez) February 27, 2013

pray for the cardinals! — Pope Benedict XVI

— Kathryn Jean Lopez (@kathrynlopez) February 27, 2013

Pope Benedict leads us to Mary in his final public remarks as pope. Because she brings us to her Son, our Savior. #B16 #Roma

— Kathryn Jean Lopez (@kathrynlopez) February 27, 2013

what love for a father. What father’s love. All about our Father, our Creator, and our destination #thesceneinRome

— Kathryn Jean Lopez (@kathrynlopez) February 27, 2013

what a window into a holy prayer life @pontifex has given us this month.

— Kathryn Jean Lopez (@kathrynlopez) February 27, 2013

Saying Thank You shar.es/juPis

— Kathryn Jean Lopez (@kathrynlopez) February 27, 2013

what an experience of universal Church this am! We have same unity in front of every tabernacle in world, in hearts given2& received by God.

— Kathryn Jean Lopez (@kathrynlopez) February 27, 2013

Thanks be to God!

— Kathryn Jean Lopez (@kathrynlopez) February 27, 2013

English!

— Kathryn Jean Lopez (@kathrynlopez) February 27, 2013

the phrase “spiritual closeness” has been heard a lot of late thanks to this Holy Father and is worthy of deep reflection. #prayer

— Kathryn Jean Lopez (@kathrynlopez) February 27, 2013

pray for me! pray for the new pope! -B16

— Kathryn Jean Lopez (@kathrynlopez) February 27, 2013

this, right now, is a live portrait of a man at peace with his Maker. #Amen

— Kathryn Jean Lopez (@kathrynlopez) February 27, 2013

Update:

More images of the pope’s final general audience from Vatican Radio:

PIctures from Benedic’ts final general audience: facebook.com/media/set/?set…

— Elizabeth Scalia (@TheAnchoress) February 27, 2013

Read more: http://twitchy.com/2013/02/27/tens-of-thousands-pack-st-peters-square-for-pope-benedict-xvis-final-general-audience-photos/

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