Pope recalls ‘joy,’ difficulties in final audience
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Still, the rank-and-file faithful weren’t so concerned with the future: They wanted to savor the final moments of a pope they have known for years.
"I came to thank him for the testimony that he has given the church," said Maria Cristina Chiarini, a 52-year-old homemaker who traveled by train from Lugo in central Italy with about 60 members of her parish. "There’s nostalgia, human nostalgia, but also comfort. Because as Christians we have hope. The Lord won’t leave us without a guide."
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