Via FOX News:
Pope Benedict XVI promised his “unconditional reverence and obedience” to his successor on Thursday in a poignant and powerful farewell speech to cardinals delivered hours before he becomes the first pontiff in 600 years to resign.
In an unexpected address inside the Vatican’s frescoed Clementine Hall, the Pope appeared to be trying to defuse concerns about his future role and the possible conflicts arising from the peculiar situation of having both a reigning Pope and a retired one.
Benedict also gave a final set of instructions to the “Princes” of the Church who will elect his successor, urging them to be united as they huddle to choose the 266th leader of the world’s 1.2 billion Catholics.
“May the College of Cardinals work like an orchestra, where diversity — an expression of the universal Church — always works toward a higher and harmonious agreement”, he said.