Pope Benedict XVI addressed a crowd of more than 100,000 on Sunday as he gave the final Angelus address of his papacy. Pope Benedict reflected on the Gospel reading of the Transfiguration of Christ, and how it can be applied to the Christian life. He also applied the Gospel reading to his own life and his recent decision to abdicate the papacy. He said,
The Lord is calling me to “climb the mountain”, to devote myself even more to prayer and meditation. But this does not mean abandoning the Church. Indeed, if God is asking me to do this, it is so that I can continue to serve the Church with the same dedication and the same love with which I have done thus far, but in a way that is better suited to my age and my strength.