This whole drama started when Pope Emeritus announced on February 11, 2013 resignation from his role of Papacy. This announcement was made in the hallway of Apostolic Palace, but it caught on like a wild fire (Gearin 2013). I am sure most people responded to his announcement with a “What!” At least that was my response. It was shocking due to the fact that only one other Pope did such a thing and that too six hundred years ago. There were many speculation made as to why this decision was made (Pearson 2013).
In an interview with the Zenit news agency His holiness gave the explanation, “‘after having repeatedly examined my conscience before God, I have come to the certainty that my strengths, due to an advanced age, are no longer suited to an adequate exercise of the Petrine ministry. I am well aware that this ministry, due to its essential spiritual nature, must be carried out not only with words and deeds, but no less with prayer and suffering,’ Pope Benedict XVI told the cardinals at the consistory.” (Esteves 2013). This explanation was not satisfactory for the city. They wanted...
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