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-- -- heard earlier today if you were not up -- admitted you were not the -- of holding a final audience with the cardinals.
The church leaders who will choose his successor from among their own ranks and his holiness sharing a brief private moment one by one with each cardinal.
The Pope telling them he will stand behind their choice as he prays for them and the next Pope.
In the coming days.
-- because you can among you in the college of cardinals there is the future Pope.
To whom already today I promised my unconditional reference and obedience.
For all this with love and great -- I impose on you my heartfelt.
And now we move to the next step in this Amy Kellogg is live in Vatican and -- what can we report about his final day as well.
Well they'll according to people with intimate knowledge of what went on in this meeting today he just radiated humility he thanked all the cardinals for their support.
And people say that not just today that in the past few weeks he has seemed more relaxed.
More at ease than ever before.
Praying for his -- says -- they will choose the best successor possible.
One cardinal even whispered something into his ear apparently a joke and he burst out -- saying.
Within the next couple of hours he will issue his final -- you know the Pope did start tweeting.
Very recently adds up -- to sexes it's hash tag.
And then at 5 o'clock local time he will be -- -- for Castel Gandolfo which is the papal summer retreat where he will spend the next few months.
Little papal Stanley that people who work closely with him before he moves to his permanent residents.
Inside the Vatican and he will when he gets to the Villa -- Castel Gandolfo step on to the balcony where he will.
Greet the people of the village it's not clear whether or not he will say say anything to then he may issue one final blessing.
Of his pontificate and then -- -- retreat inside the -- the Swiss guards we'll stand guard outside until 8 o'clock this evening it's expected that he will be in prayer.
And that period and then when the Swiss guards actually turn and leave when they depart.
That means that it really is all over this pontificate and Pope Benedict the sixteenth.
Sixteenth becomes -- and there it is now.
Yeah and you wonder you know it.
That there really is no protocol for this and beyond this is it written in the rule book.
But there will be points throughout the morning into the afternoon.
That you can put on the clock and say this is about to happen -- -- watch it together.
But after the Swiss guards leave -- that door closes.
What does he do then.
Now and that will be a dramatic moment.
Then the heat will relax.
He will read a lot it's not clear whether he will actually do any further writing he will have some visitors he does have friends.
He has his brother from Germany was likely to come visit he's got this little.
Papal family this household which includes some nuns and his personal secretary who will also be working for the new Pope I just spoke to Greg Burke.
Who now obviously as we know has been that is the head of communications for the senior advisor for communications -- the Vatican he says that it's likely that.
Pope Benedict the sixteenth will meet the next Pope.
But we may not see it we may just hear about it if in fact that does happen.
All right thank you don't -- stand by there at the Vatican Amy Kellogg their lives in Rome march 5.
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