Pope's first hours as retiree: Prayer, TV, books

March 1, 2013 - 9:29 AM

VATICAN CITY (AP) — The Vatican says Benedict XVI has spent his first few hours as a retiree praying, watching TV and taking walks.

The Vatican on Friday released details of Benedict's life inside Castel Gandolfo, the vacation retreat where at 8 p.m. Thursday he became the first pope in 600 years to retire.

Benedict's secretary, Monsignor Georg Gaenswein, reported to the Vatican that after Benedict said his final public farewell, he ate dinner, took his typical constitutional walk in the palace and watched TV news of his last day as pope. Gaenswein reported he slept well, celebrated Mass as usual and had breakfast, according to the Vatican spokesman.

Gaenswein reported Benedict was relaxed — as evidenced by the fact that he had in recent days resumed playing piano.