Transcript for Pope Benedict XVI Speaks Publicly About Resignation
Pope benedict speaking publicly for the first time since he announced he will step down this month. This morning, it appears the pope is trying to quiet any and all conspiracy theories. Let's get right now to abc's dan harris at the vatican. Good morning, dan. Reporter: Josh, good morning. The pope receives an extended standing ovation, was even rupted a few times by cheers. Some people had tears in their eyes. Benedict appeared gratified by their well-wishes. He thanked people for their prayers during the days he said had been hard for him. He said he was stepping down for the good of the church. And I was struck by that he was doing this of his own free will. The vatican worried about conspiracy theories that the pope is stepping down because of intrigue. Quieting concerns for now. The latest on that carnival cruise ship in the gulf of mexico.
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