Giovedì, 18 Ottobre 2018

World leaders moved and shocked by Pope's resignation


Milan, February 11 - Religious leaders and heads of
state paid homage to Benedict XVI on Monday after the Pope's
shock announcement that he would resign at the end of the month
due to age and lack of energy for the job.
Chief Imam for the Sunni muslims, Ahmad el Tayyeb,
expressed "shock" at the news from the margins of a closed door
meeting in Cairo to elect a new grand Mufti of Egypt.
Chief rabbi for Israel, Yona Metzger, credited Pope
Ratzinger for forging "the best relations between the Rabbinate
and the Catholic Church" and wished the pope good health and a
long life.
"He must be given credit for having done a great deal for
inter-religious ties in the world between Christianity, Judaism
and Islam," Metzger added.
"It is moving news," said German Chancellor Angela Merkel,
commenting on the German pope's decision, and a choice that
elicits "my greatest respect".
Cardinal Keith O'Brien, head of the Scottish Catholic
church, said he was "shocked" and "heartbroken" by the news, and
sent a message throughout the Scottish parishes to pray for
Joseph Ratzinger in his moment of difficulty.
French president Francois Holland called the pope's
decision "highly respectable" and a "human decision".
British Prime Minister James Cameron wished the pope well
and gave him credit for tireless work to reinforce ties between
Britain and the Catholic Church.

Photo: Pope Benedict XVI with German Chancellor Angela Merkel

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