Saturday, 10 September 2016

Former Pope... Benedict XVI Thanks God for his retirement

Retired pope Benedict XVI 89 has said he  regrets in stepping down his position.
He stated that his decision in  2013  to retire was a big relief for him and thanks God for enabling him to recover his "freedom" from the responsibilities associated with leading the world's 1.2 billion Catholics.

"I thank God that this responsibility, which I could no longer bear, no longer weighs upon me and that I can in all humility move forward with Him, that I can live with friends and friends can visit me more," Benedict, 89, says in an extract from "Final Conversations", a series of interviews with German journalist Peter Seewald.

The former pontiff admitted to the stress of his former job. He stressed it wasn't an easy thing to do to become the first pope to retire in seven centuries but the erstwhile Joseph Ratzinger insisted that "it was the right moment" to step down.

He explained that the decision stemmed from a March 2012 visit to Mexico and Cuba during which he realised he no longer had the strength to oversee World Youth Day celebrations in Rio the following year.
After he stepped down it was successor Pope Francis who led celebrations for three million faithful on Copacabana Beach.


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