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#ThanksPontifex: Catholics Express Gratitude For Pope Benedict XVI

Pope Benedict XVI waves as he arrives for his last general audience in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican, Wednesday, Feb. 27,
Pope Benedict XVI waves as he arrives for his last general audience in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican, Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2013. Tens of thousands of people toting banners saying "Thank you!" jammed St. Peter's Square on Wednesday to bid farewell to Pope Benedict XVI at his final general audience, the appointment he kept each week to teach the world about the Catholic faith. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)

Catholic faithful and papal admirers around the world expressed their gratitude for Pope Benedict XVI on his final day as Supreme Pontiff.

Check out a round-up of the most grateful tweets and see a liveblog for the latest updates below: