On 28th February 2013, Pope Benedict XVI put into action a thought provoking decision he made on 10th February 2013. This was the day he made public his decision to resign from the seat of Saint Peter.
It was around 16:55, hour of Rome that Pope Benedict XVI started baring farewell to all his close collaborators at the Vatican City. It was a solemn moment full of mixed emotion! On this historical evening, he made sure to shake hands with each and every member of his household, ranging from the workers to his straight collaborators in the Roman Curia. A moving moment that left some of them with tears, it was.
After saluting his collaborators, he then turned to board the car that was to take him to the heliport inside the Eternal City. It was also a special moment with an executive convoy led by the Italian Security Service attached the Holy Sea.
Meanwhile, before finally boarding the car, he turned to the camera and waved to an immense crowd gathered at Saint Peter’s Square to witness this particular and single event. Among the thousands of people gathered at the square were many journalists from different Continents and different international media houses of different media types – written, audio and video media. After this brief salutation, he then boarded the car and the journey that was to bring to an end his papacy commenced. It took some few minutes to arrive at the heliport.