Sabato, 22 Settembre 2018
VATICAN CITY

Retired pope Benedict moving back to Vatican Thursday

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Vatican City, April 30 - Benedict XVI will return
to the Vatican on Thursday to move into his permanent home at a
renovated convent, Vatican Spokesman Father Federico Lombardi
said Tuesday.
The former pope has been staying at the summer papal
residence at Castel Gandolfo since stepping down at the end of
February.
In March he was succeeded by former Buenos Aires archbishop
Jorge Mario Bergoglio, who took the name Francis.
Benedict, who is now known as pope emeritus, will reside at
the Mater Ecclesiae convent just a short walk away from Pope
Francis, marking the first time two pontiffs have lived in the
Vatican simultaneously.
The ex-pope announced his resignation in February citing
declining mental and physical strength, becoming the first pope
to voluntarily abdicate in over 700 years.
"He's an elderly man, weakened by age, but he has no
illness," said the Vatican spokesman.
Benedict will be joined at his new home by Archbishop Georg
Gaenswein, his personal secretary, and members of Memores
Domini, the conservative lay-Catholic group who staffed his
apartment during his pontificate.
His home includes a guest room for his brother Georg as
well as an elevator.
Benedict's quarters are up the first flight of stairs.
The Vatican specified that Benedict's secretary Birgit
Wansing will not live with the pope.

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