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Itself he is still stone.
Scary sweet coming -- the driver of this car.
No -- kiss the ring and had tears in his eyes.
Of the -- before he himself went around to get into this car and drive away what a moment for this.
Civilian in this situation I had to be this close to the Pope to be driving him out of Vatican City in something that we have not seen.
Well known no former Pope -- -- resigned and been driven out of Vatican City because of the 600 years ago.
The last time that someone voluntarily gave up his position and so much has been sent.
About this choice initially there was.
Even criticism that you know -- -- should not step down this focus on what many regard as tremendous humility.
-- in his decision to.
Resorted to prayer and to meditation.
And to go up to the mountain as he says god has called in to do to spend the rest of his life.
In contemplation and in prayer and and there he goes down.
And there is a schedule that we've been given and there they are sticking to the minute -- -- now the part by way of helicopter.
And then it's 5 o'clock in the afternoon.
In Italy and around 2 o'clock our time.
One C is south of Rome the doors of the pullout so close in the Swiss guards literally kill off duty.
Because their service protecting the head of the Catholic Church will be over at least for the time being so this is going to play out now.
And over the next three hours since we watch the images and.
There -- -- places that -- more beautiful than Vatican City in the sunlight about 5 o'clock I in the evening.
Over this place is absolutely spectacular at this moment but what what do they what -- simple sort of action to watch him walk out of the Vatican.
Into the car and it has such monumental implications.
For him of course and for the -- of the Catholic Church perhaps as.
-- father Morris referred to this in the the speech he gave a bit earlier today at one point he said quoting now.
Among -- -- the cardinals is also the future Pope whom I promised my unconditional reverence.
And now he will remain in his words hidden from the world.
-- -- surveillance anybody.
We will see -- back here tomorrow happy now carries on this coverage of the Pope as he leaves the Vatican today.
Bill and Martha thank you Pope Benedict the sixteenth officially resigning today.
It's about 3 hours away good morning I'm John Scott.
Hi everybody and generally live in our nation's capital today witnessing history right now along with you were glad that you're with us.
The pontiff leaving the Vatican for the last time as -- today he's about to fly by helicopter.
To castle Gandolfo.
He will blast the crowds of well wishers already gathered there today awaiting.
His arrival -- big moment for that community.
The pope's retirement officially taking effect in just a few hours now before leaving the Vatican he delivered his final greetings to the cardinals urging them to working -- -- And promising unconditional reverence and obedience.
To his successor.
All of this very new to every one the last time a Pope resign.
-- so when we say -- actually witnessing history and history that few have experienced before.
The facts all point to that.
Nobody has ever seen nobody alive now has seen what we are seeing now the resignation of a -- it is a historic day.
At the Vatican and really for the more than one billion Catholics all around the world.
-- Amy Kellogg is watching this history be made along with Father Jonathan Morris both are in Rome father Morris let me begin with you.
This is a man you -- to -- prior to his becoming -- he was cardinal Ratzinger.
Tell us your -- It's now that he is stepping down.
You know -- my my thoughts go back to it a time that I brought some college student's needs to do it every year but the last time that brought a group of college students to him.
To ask him questions just -- kind of -- students with an academic.
I young people with the cardinal with the prince of the church I would and number went up to -- and I said your eminence.
Which would you like me to give you the questions ahead of time that the students want to ask -- looked at -- kind of like.
Oh no sun don't worry I don't need that type of preparation but thank you very much and then he spent the next hour with these young people.
And he was so -- home in that environment.
But -- very shortly afterwards she was put onto the world stage and she was given out a tough.
Hand of cards.
-- beginning with the sexual abuse scandal that was right but the time in 2005.
Many other struggles within the church and globally as well -- he went to Reagan's -- -- gave that talk about Islam and the relationship with.
Natural -- and moral truth -- he got so much backlash people even died over it but one thing after another and he says that weighed on him.
And the fact that he's now going off into the sunset not to give up.
But rather he said to serve the church and a different way -- and it's moving for me as a as someone who knew him.
I'm not as a best friend but certainly is one who admired him and had that had the honor of spending time with them.
Let's watch as the -- boards the papal helicopter.
Presumably for the last time and heads to Castel Gandolfo.
The pope's summer residence a few miles from.
-- -- -- -- there.
The Pope has been for the past.
Previous eight Summers at Castel Gandolfo.
It will be a temporary residence for him for the next few months.
A residence that is being prepared for him in the Vatican.
Is under renovations.
One presume is that 600 years ago the last time -- -- resigned it took.
Months and years for the word to get around the world.
This is being beamed around the world instantaneously.
On television and via the Internet 504.
PM in Vatican City.
As they will fire up the -- and crank those rotors to carry the the pontiff to Castel Gandolfo a few miles away.
And then a little less than three hours from now.
It is resignation as -- officially.
Now becomes enforceable.
Amy Kellogg again is watching as -- -- the the rotors beginning to term turn Amy what is the reaction it was such a shock.
A couple of weeks back when this Pope announced he would actually be resigning office rather than dying in office.
-- the people there and in Rome and the Vatican begun a process that's.
It's been an emotional roller coaster from what I can.
-- John I think a lot of people were shocked a lot of people felt that this isn't an ordinary job you don't retire from the -- to see.
But as time has progressed and people have.
Followed Pope Benedict the sixteenth possibly closer than ever before.
I think they have come to appreciate it great humility and someone who clearly is not seeking out the limelight.
Who probably does feel that someone else could do the job better with -- more -- right now.
Who possibly has been deeply wounded by a lot of the scandals and troubles that have.
-- the Catholic church and you really.
Didn't want this job in the first place John I was reading the and an interview with.
Him that was done somewhere towards the beginning of his scientific hit when he said that he asked the lord what have you done for me.
I can't do this I need your help -- wanted to retire at that point.
And yesterday at his last public audience he said that he never felt alone.
-- there had been ups and downs and there have been times and he felt that god was sleeping but never.
Had never abandon him so I think it has been and a difficult road for a very sensitive -- it turns out and speaking to a lot of them.
The wrath of the Catholic Church over the last few days I've understood that.
Pope Benedict the sixteenth Joseph Ratzinger soon to be open Meredith.
Is incredibly sensitive.
An incredibly courteous.
And gentle and kind and has felt terribly when he has put a foot wrong that to happen from time to time.
So this is very moving and I think people have really come to appreciate and feel for him maybe more than they had.
During the years that his -- Pacific gets.
As we listen to.
-- says that helicopter prepares to lift off let's also listen to the healing of the church bells.
As this Pope prepares to say goodbye.
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