Domenica, 21 Ottobre 2018
VATICAN CITY

Pope showed 'courage, serenity' says Osservatore Romano

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Vatican City, February 28 - Although many might not
understand why Benedict XVI chose to become the first pope in
modern papal history to resign, he will be remembered for that
courageous act, the editor of the official Vatican newspaper
wrote Thursday.
In an editorial for the March 1 edition of the Osservatore
Romano newspaper, Gian Maria Vian said that Benedict's decision
to retire on Thursday "concludes an unforgettable pontificate
peacefully and in a new manner".
He also described Benedict, who announced on February 11
that he would retire, as "a great man of our time".
Benedict, 85, shocked the world when he announced that he
would resign for the good of the Church, because he said he
lacked the mental and physical strength to continue leading the
world's 1.2 billion Catholics.
In so doing, he became the first pope in roughly 600 years
to leave rather than die on the job.
That demonstrates Benedict's "very firm courage and joyful
serenity," wrote Vian.
"The renunciation itself, a serious, and new act which
several do not understand, has shown to all the meek but very
firm courage and joyful serenity of this man: indeed not once
has Benedict XVI drawn back from the wolves and he has never let
himself be overcome by distress in the face of filth and
scandals which, on the contrary, he has opposed with
determination".

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