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Pope's remarks deflate rumors of resignation

Catholic World News - February 20, 2012

In his remarks to 22 newly created cardinals, Pope Benedict XVI appeared to pour cold water on rumors that he might resign, notes leading Vatican-watching journalist Andrea Tornielli.

“Pray also for me, that I may continually offer to the People of God the witness of sound doctrine and guide holy Church with a firm and humble hand,” the Pope said. Tornielli read those words as a signal that the Pontiff has no plans to step down. Rome has heard a fresh spate of rumors about a possible papal resignation in recent weeks, following up on stories about the embarrassing leaks that have been cited as evidence of disarray at the Vatican.

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