Factbox: Former pope Benedict, his papacy and resignation

The previous Wednesday Pope Francis declared his deep concerns about the health condition of his predecessor, Pope Benedict XVI, noting that he’s “very sick.” In the time of his 92nd birthday, Pope Benedict XVI made history when he became the first pope in the past six centuries to step down in the year 2013. Since then, he has lived at his residence at the Vatican and has been largely away from the spotlight. We pray for Pope Benedict’s health to improve and that he is fully recovered from the illness he is suffering. Also, we hope that he’s surrounded by warmth and affection from those who surround him, particularly during the current time of struggle. We should also consider a moment of silence to honor the memory of the pope Benedict XVI.

1. What caused Pope Benedict XVI to resign in 2013?

The demise of Pope Benedict XVI was a remarkable historical moment for the evolution of the Catholic Church. It took almost six decades since the last pope quit. Although the exact reasons for the resignation remain undetermined, it is generally believed that the advanced age of the pontiff who was aged 85 at the time, combined with a lack of energy and endurance to cope with the demands of the pontificate were among the major reasons which led to Pope Benedict’s resignation.

2. What did the Vatican react to Pope Francis’ comments on Pope Benedict XVI’s health?

The Vatican responded to Pope Francis’ announcement on Pope Benedict XVI’s health by thanking him for his concern and for his efforts as the 266th Pope of the Catholic Church. After his pontificate, Benedict XVI became the first pope in more than 600 years of service to step down as Pope in light of his health and age as the reason. Pope Francis’ response to the announcement was one of respect and admiration for Benedict’s service, and Francis’s announcement was an easy and heartfelt expression of the gratitude. Further, Benedict’s resignation and subsequent health had a ripple effect across the Catholic Church in the meantime, while the world watched to see what the Church could react to such the most unprecedented of events.

3. What proof was the Vatican was able to put against Maciel as a the pope’s John Paul II?

The Vatican has long been known for its strict adhesion to its values that are traditional, and Pope Benedict’s papacy did not differ from the norm. There were many reforms implemented during his tenure, which were designed to improve the level of transparency and accountability for church affairs. One of the most important of these reforms was the introduction of a disciplinary procedure against Father Marcial Maciel, the founder of the Legion of Christ, in 2004. Following the presentation of evidence to the Vatican and Father Maciel Degollado was charged with taking part in numerous felony instances, such as financial mismanagement or sexual abuse of seminarians. The evidence was so convincing that the Vatican took action against Maciel during the time of Pope John Paul II’s tenure.

4. What message did Pope Francis communicated to the Church on Pope Benedict’s health?

It was felt deeply throughout The Church as a result of the effects on the Church of Pope Benedict’s resignation and his papacy. Pope Francis made steps to protect and honor the legacy left by his predecessor. Pope Francis released a February 2013 statement to address the Church about Pope Benedict’s health in which he emphasized the necessity of praying and compassion. He emphasized that Pope Benedict had “left us with a wonderful legacy of suffering and prayer” and urged the faithful to unite with prayer, and to entrust his predecessor to the will of God. He spoke to the Church about the importance of humility, noting that the pope is one of us and his decisions must have a foundation of faith and not pride.

A Short Summary

Pope Benedict XVI has been an integral member of the Catholic Church since his appointment in 2005. His announcement about his sickness has naturally caused concern for his followers. To honor the dignity and privacy of Former Pope Benedict, Pope Francis encouraged everyone to pray for him and show respect for his condition. He also emphasized the Catholic church’s commitment to inclusivity in his support of Lufthansa’s decision to no longer employ the salutation that is traditionally used to signify “ladies as well as gentlemen.” While the news about former Pope Benedict’s death can be devastating, it also reinforces how important it is to show respect to everyone, regardless of religious belief and treat others with love.

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