It's finally time. Funny pope tweets.

Twitter users mostly behaved themselves after learning Pope Benedict XVI would resign, the first pope to do so in nearly 600 years. Social media is not known for its restraint, so it was unusual that most jokes didn't begin to appear until the pope's retirement was official.

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  1. In the habit of checking Twitter's trending topics first thing in the morning? You may have seen what Brian Stelter, the New York Times TV writer, saw:
  2. Imagine the pope at your average office retirement party.
  3. Zach Seward of Quartz news asked his followers what they would do on their last night as pope.  
  4. There were references to other famous retirees.
  5. As the pageantry unfolded, Twitter users naturally shared their opinions about the pope's replacement.
  6. And, because all the strangest things happen in Florida...
  7. After sending his final tweet, "Thank you for your love and support. May you always experience the joy thta comes from putting Christ at the centre of your lives," the slate was wiped clean.
  8. His entire archive will be displayed on a Vatican website: 
  9. And here is the fairy-tale social media ending.