The Pope is being addressed by Soldano. Some of the Cardinals have taken off there little red caps.
This is so sad, but dignified and noble.
He is standing at the door and the Swiss Guard is there. All the people in the private square are clapping.
The helicopter can be heard behind the clapping.
How humble this man is.....
The applause is now two minutes long.
He is now in the black car which will take him to the helipad.
There are giant screens showing this to the crowd.
The Pope looks relaxed.
I am not sure how far the helicopter is from the door, it is at the Vatican train station, but I do not know how far that is.
It is such a beautiful day in Rome.
I can hear bells beginning to ring in Rome on the Vatican feed.
OK, that is really moving....the bells of Rome saying goodbye to Benedict XVI.
The Pope is now at the helipad. He just waved in his childlike way.
The Pope is not flying his own helicopter today (lol).
Here is his final tweet. Benedict XVI
Thank you for your love and support. May you always experience the joy that comes from putting Christ at the centre of your lives.
The helicopter is now in the air....
The sun is setting at almost the same time...
The helicopter is going to make a loop over Rome. and the bells are fantastic.
More in a few minutes....