Martedì, 16 Ottobre 2018
VATICAN CITY

Benedict asks faithful to keep praying for him

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Vatican City, February 13 - Pope Benedict XVI on
Wednesday asked the faithful to keep praying for him when he is
no longer the head of the Catholic Church in his first public
appearance since announcing he was stepping down.
"Continue to pray for me, for the Church, for the future
pope, the Lord will guide us," Benedict said at his penultimate
general audience in the Paul VI hall in the Vatican.
The 85-year-old German, who announced he was resigning
Monday, explained that he no longer felt capable of being
pontiff.
He said he made the decision: "in full liberty for the good
of the Church, after praying for a long time and examining my
conscience before God, well aware of the seriousness of this
act, but equally aware of no longer being capable of exercising
the Petrine ministry with the strength that this requires".
He added that the affection of the faithful had helped him
though "these days that have not been easy for me".
"I have felt love almost physically," he added.
Benedict will celebrate what is expected to be his last
public Mass as pope later on Wednesday with an Ash Wednesday
service in St Peter's Basilica.

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