Pope Leaves Vatican In Helicopter (VIDEO)

AP

Pope Benedict XVI has left the building. 

After pledging his loyalty to a yet-to-be-named successor, Benedict on Thursday left the Vatican on a helicopter ride to Castel Gandolfo, a town outside Rome. He officially retires at 8pm local time, when he will take up the title of “pope emeritus.”

Video of his departure: 

Benedict delivered his message on the occasion of his farewell meeting to cardinals, at the Vatican on Thursday.

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