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Pope Benedict XVI begins retirement Thursday

Posted at: 02/28/2013 7:46 AM
Updated at: 02/28/2013 7:55 AM

On Thursday, Pope Benedict XVI will begin his retirement. No major speeches are expected on Benedict’s final day as pontiff. He will just be saying goodbye to his closest advisers.

Shortly before 11 a.m. Thursday, he will leave the Vatican for the last time as pope. He will be taken by helicopter to the papal retreat at Castel Gandolfo, south of Rome. He officially will retire at 2 p.m.

Benedict is the first pope in nearly 600 years to resign, leaving 1.3-billion Roman Catholics in the world including about 350,000 in the Rochester region without a leader.

Some people hope a younger pope who is media savvy will take over the church, in order to reach a younger crowd of Catholics.

Thursday morning, News10NBC spoke with Father George Heyman who teaches at Saint Bernard's School of Theology in Pittsford about how Pope’s Benedict’s resignation will impact our community and search for a new bishop. Press play on the video player to see our interview with him.