Five years ago, Pope Benedict XVI shocked the world when he resigned as Pope due to his declining health. With that announcement, he became the first pontiff to leave the office since Pope Gregory XII resigned in the midst of the Great Western Schism.
On February 5, the retired Pope wrote a letter to Massimo Franco, a journalist with the Italian newspaper Corriere della Sera, responding to inquiries from the newspaper’s readers on this phase of his life. Benedict’s letter included these remarks: “I am touched to know how many of the readers of your newspaper want to know how I am experiencing this last period of my life.” “In that regard, I can only say that, with the slow diminishing of my physical strength, inwardly I am on a pilgrimage toward Home.”
Click here to read Pope Benedict’s translated letter published in Zenit.
Click here for an additional article on Pope Benedict published in the National Catholic Reporter.