The Pope’s resignation by William Ozanne

This does have some precedents, though the reason for Benedict’s resignation is clear in view of his declining physical health and mental stamina. The duty he owed to the Church and the world could not be carried out with these impediments. Why now? I can only speculate. If one has seen the Easter ceremonies in Rome on the TV, they are only the tip of the tip of the iceberg of duties that are demanded of the Pope. The thought of that alone would make one feel faint. er. To resign at the start of Lent seems to me to be appropriate as the Cardinals and bishops will be thinking of fasting and prayer and our Muslim friends know well how these clarify and focus the mind on essentials. The normal process of election of a successor will take place after 8 p.m. on February 28th. It seems likely that Benedict will retire to a small convent within the Vatican buildings and work on writing and prayer.

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