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Pope Benedict XVI departs Vatican, sends one final tweet

By GABRIELLE LEVY, UPI.com
Pope Benedict XVI departs Vatican, sends one final tweet
Pope Benedict XVI speaks during his final general audience before his retirement, in St. Peter square at the Vatican, February 27, 2013. UPI/Stefano Spanziani | License Photo

Pope Benedict XVI departed the Vatican shortly after 5 p.m. Thursday en route to his retirement at the Castel Gandolfo.

As he took a short ride from the papal apartments to a waiting helicopter, he--or someone on the staff--sent out one final tweet from the @Pontifex account.

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"Thank you for your love and support," he tweeted. "May you always experience the joy that comes from putting Christ at the centre of your lives."

It had been retweeted nearly 10,000 times in less than 15 minutes.

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