Benedict XVI says he is in the autumn of his life

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In a rare new letter penned by Benedict XVI, the retired pontiff said he is in the last phase of his life, and while his physical strength might be waning, he is surrounded by a “love and goodness” that he never imagined.

“I can only say that at the end of a slow decline in physical strength, inwardly I am on pilgrimage home,” Benedict XVI said in the letter, published Feb. 7 in Italian daily Corriere della Sera.

He said that “it's a great grace for me to be surrounded in this last piece of the road, which is at times a bit tiring, by a love and goodness that I could never have imagined.”

Benedict addressed the letter to Italian journalist Massimo Franco of Corriere della Sera, who was charged with the task of presenting the retired pontiff with letters expressing concern and asking about his well-being five years after resigning from the papacy.

He shocked the world when he announced his resignation Feb. 11, 2013, declaring that the See of Peter would be vacant as of 8 p.m. on Feb. 28. A conclave was called to name his successor, and on March 13, 2013, Jorge Mario Bergoglio was elected Bishop of Rome, and took the name Francis.

In his letter, published Feb. 7 on the front page of Corriere della Sera, Benedict said he was moved that so many readers from the paper “want to know how I've spent this last period of my life.”

He said he considers the questions and concerns of the readers part of the love he has experienced, and sees them as “an accompaniment” on the last phase of his life.

“Because of this,” he said, “I cannot but be thankful, on my part assuring you all of my prayers. Best regards.”  Catholic News Agency (CNA)

 

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  • Roshan Thursday, 08 February 2018 07:11 PM

    Sorry, but you are not going "home".You will be reborn somewhere and will have to do it all over again.

    Casanova Thursday, 08 February 2018 07:45 PM

    There was a story that he was converted to another Religion?

    Sincere Thursday, 08 February 2018 11:17 PM

    A true servant of God with highest integrity. Your resignation is still a mystery to us! Did you resign or were made to resign?

    mali Friday, 09 February 2018 11:46 AM

    Retirement to a christian is when you lie in the casket. Until such time you have work, not necessarily monetary.

    Rakitha(Convert) Friday, 09 February 2018 12:23 PM

    Bitter Truth he is a Muslim now he has accepted the true faith

    Vati-Leak Friday, 09 February 2018 03:37 PM

    He was a great theologian, a strict disciplinarian and a strong wistleblower against child abuse cases of Vatican and was trying his best to bring the perpetrators to book, and then suddenly he had to resign!


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