Giovedì, 20 Settembre 2018
ROME

Vatican rules out encyclical before pope steps down

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Rome, February 12 - The Vatican spokesman on
Tuesday ruled out the publication of a fourth encyclical by Pope
Benedict XVI before he steps down from office at the end of the
month.
The pope had been due to publish an encyclical on faith
during the first half of 2013 to coincide with the Year of Faith
currently underway.
However the shock announcement of his resignation on Monday
has made this impossible.
''(The encyclical on faith) will not be published before
the end of the month, it was not in a state to be made public,''
said Vatican press director Father Federico Lombardi.
''It remains an awaited document but one that we will not
have in the way we expected, perhaps we will have it in a
different way,'' he continued.
The encyclical was to be Pope Benedict's fourth, after Deus
Caritas Est (God Is Love), published in 2006, Spe Salvi (Saved
in Hope), in 2007, and Caritas in Veritate (Charity in Truth),
in 2009.
The pope said Monday he would leave office on 28 February
at 8pm local time.

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