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Vatican deflates report that Pope is preparing to resign next year

CWN - September 26, 2011

Vatican officials have quickly dismissed a report that Pope Benedict XVI may plan to resign in 2012 when he reaches the age of 85.

Italian journalist Antonio Socci of Libero had claimed that the Pope is weighing resignation next year. Socci cited no evidence for his claim. Vatican spokesman Father Federico Lombardi told reporters: "We don't know anything about it." He observed that the Pope--who was just concluding a 4-day visit to Germany, during which he maintained an unusually demanding schedule--is in good health.

Libero may have drawn his report from a recent interview in which the Pontiff's brother, Msgr. Georg Ratzinger, said that Benedict XVI would resign if he felt himself unable to fulfill the demands of papal office.

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  • Posted by: Defender - Sep. 26, 2011 7:46 PM ET USA

    Let's hope not. It's obvious that the Vatican changes slowly, but our pope has made great strides thus far.

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