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This Insights eNewsletter was sent to subscribers on February 19, 2013.

eNewsletter Subject: Chronicling the Last Days of a Pontificate

With less than ten days remaining in the pontificate of Benedict XVI, the best explanation of the Pope's resignation is still the one he gave himself. But could he have relied more on his staff? See Phil Lawler's analysis: The real story behind the Pope's resignation.

Benedict's own explanation of declining strength was corroborated yesterday by the noted German journalist, Peter Seewald, who knows the Pope well.

But the obvious is often rejected in favor of bizarre theories and misconceptions. Phil continues to separate the wheat from the chaff:

We also continue to collect Benedict's words of wisdom. Among the addresses added to our library in the last few days:...

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