Pope Benedict XVI Sends Out Final Tweet

By JACKIE WILLIS

February 28, 2013

He was the first pope to have a Twitter account, and on Feb. 28, Pope Benedict XVI sent out his final tweet to his 1.5 million followers proceeding his final public address to 150,000 in St. Peter's Square in Rome, Italy. So, what were his final words under 140 characters?

The pope wrote on Thursday: "Thank you for your love and support. May you always experience the joy that comes from putting Christ at the centre of your lives."

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Pope Benedict XVI announced earlier this month that he would be stepping down, making him the first living pope to resign in 598 years. Elected in 2005 after the death of Pope John Paul II at age 84, Benedict, 85, said from the onset of his papacy that he anticipated a short reign as the 265th leader of the Catholic Church.

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Pope Benedict addressed the crowds in the small Italian town Castel Gandolfo for the final time on Thursday, sending his blessings to all.

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