As the final hours of his papacy wind down, Pope Benedict XVI departed the Vatican for the papal retreat and sent his final tweet from the @Pontifex account. The pope thanked followers for their “love and support” and wished them the “joy that comes from putting Christ at the centre of your lives.”

The pope was the target of daily venom during his short tenure on Twitter, and his last day was no exception.

In addition to repulsive fake retweets, some of Twitter’s slimiest gutter sludge gave the pope a predictable sendoff laced with vulgarities and death wishes.

Like it or not, the pope is praying for all of you, as are Catholics around the world.

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