Today is Pope Benedict the 16th's final day, becoming the first pope to retire in 600 years. At his last public appearance Wednesday he spoke of the joys of the office as well as the burden. Benedict left no doubt why he's leaving. At 85 years old he explains it's for the good of the church.
"I will continue to accompany the church with my prayers and I ask each of you to pray for me and for the new pope," he said. Cardinals won't likely set a timeline for the conclave to choose the next pope until next week, but clearly discussions are already underway.
Benedict is set to meet with all of his cardinals one by one today before leaving for Castel Gandolfo, his temporary residence until his new home is ready. As the cardinals look to choose the next pope, many expect someone younger who is media savvy to appeal to the 1.2 billion Roman Catholics.