Pope Benedict XVI left the Vatican on a helicopter to the papal seaside retreat of Castel Gandolfo Thursday at 5:00 p.m. — reported HuffPo. Here's what he said upon arrival:
Thank you. Dear friends, I am happy to be with you, surrounded by beauty of creation and your affection. You know today is different for me. I am pontiff until 8 p.m. then just a pilgrim in this world. Thank you again. From the bottom of my heart, I give you my blessing: In the name of the Father, Son & Holy Spirit. Good Night.