Vatican deflates report that Pope is preparing to resign next year
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.
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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.
Socci 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.