NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — Pope Benedict XVI presided over St. Peter’s Square for the last time Sunday, and Roman Catholics in New York and around the world are waiting to find out who will take his place.
As CBS 2’s Alice Gainer reported, the pontiff blessed thousands of people in Vatican City Sunday morning, and thanked them for their support before his historic resignation.
It will be his last Sunday blessing as pope.
“He thanked the people for their affection; for their prayers during this time. The Holy Father just got off of a retreat, but also he’s acknowledging they’re coming out because this is his last Sunday blessing,” said the Rev. Luke Sweeney of the Archdiocese of New York.
At St. Patrick’s Cathedral Sunday, parishioners such as James from Brazil were praying for the pope.