The title of a recently released Al Jazeera article is “Papacy of Pope Benedict Officially Ends” (Web-site/URL: http://www.aljazeera.com/news/europe/2013/02/20132286553718675.html).
“Benedict XVI’s reign as pope has come to an end amid the ringing of church bells in Vatican City”.
“The Swiss Guards went off duty on Thursday (February 28, 2013) at 1900 GMT after closing the high doors to the papal palace”.
“From his temporary quarters in Italy’s Castel Gandolfo, Benedict thanked the tens of thousands of people gathered there on Thursday (February 28 2013) for “surrounding him with WARMTH“. Religion has gotten a COLD reception recently, broadly speaking at least
“I am simply a pilgrim who is ENDING HIS PATH on this earth“. “ending his path”. WHOA. Maybe he REALLY HAS HEALTH ISSUES. “Let’s go forward in prayer with Christ. Thank you and good night“.
“And in a final message from his own Twitter account, Benedict said: “Thank you for your LOVE and SUPPORT“, two characteristics that seem to be in EXTREMELY short supply these days. “May you always experience the JOY that comes from putting Christ at the center of your lives“.
“Benedict, who was elected as pope on April 19, 2005, earlier met cardinals from around the world in his final hours as leader of 1.1 billion Catholics, and promised “UNCONDITIONAL REVERENCE and OBEDIENCE” to his successor”. Again, NO ONE IS PERFECT. We should question/challenge authority REASONABLY.
“He urged his cardinals to work in UNITY (?) so that the College of Cardinals o is “like an orchestra” where “AGREEMENT and HARMONY (?)” can be reached – a clear message to the conclave that will pick the next pope”. There certainly ISN’T much “unity” or “agreement and harmony” these days,
“Benedict STUNNED THE WORLD when he announced his MOMENTOUS decision in a surprise speech in Latin on February 11 (2013), saying he NO LONGER had the “STRENGTH OF MIND AND BODY” to carry on in a fast-changing modern world”. “strength of mind” was a remark about his HEALTH above anything else.
“(Speaking to) a cheering crowd of 150,000 pilgrims in St Peter’s Square in his final public farewell on Wednesday (February 27, 2013)” Benedict said: “I took this step (in deciding to resign as Pope) IN FULL AWARENESS of its gravity and novelty, but with profound serenity of spirit“.
Finally, “The theologian pope – a shy academic whose papacy has been overshadowed by infighting within the Roman Catholic Church and a sex-abuse scandal – said his eight-year pontificate had seen “sunny days” and “STORMY WATERS“, but added: “I NEVER FELT ALONE“. This is similar to what LUCIMARIAN ROBERTS, mother of ABC‘s ROBIN ROBERTS said. Both of them said “I never felt alone” because they believed in GOD.
Pope Benedict is the first pope to resign since 1294 (Web-site/URL: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pope_Benedict_XVI), In addition to old age, it is clear that he also resigned because of THE INCREASING NUMBER OF SCANDALS IN THE CATHOLIC CHURCH