Monday, 11 February 2013


i know you probably have already heard the news that as of 28th of February, pope Benedict XVI will step down as pope. Well, my sources in the Vatican have hinted that he was not pressured to resign by ill health (he has been suffering from rheumatism), but due to the fact that he felt that he was no more able to cope with the physical and mental stress of heading the papacy.


Sitting in a golden throne, reading calmly and quietly in Latin in the soporific alto sing-song with which Catholics around the world have become familiar over the past six years, he told them “my strengths…are no longer suited to an adequate exercise of the Petrine ministry.” He acknowledged that “prayer and suffering” were an essential part of the pontiff’s ministry, but then came the intellectual meat of the announcement. Today, he said, the nature of the pope’s job had changed.  “In today’s world, subject to so many rapid changes and shaken by questions of deep relevance for the life of faith…both strength of mind and body are necessary” – strength which he no longer possessed.

Aprokomania wishes him the best in retirement
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