Benedict XVI is planning to have a peaceful summer

Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI has been mentioned in an article published on last Friday saying that the unity of the Catholic Church has always overcome internal problems.

Pope Emeritus affirmed that there is currently only one pope. Benedict XVI was quoted to have said, “The Pope is one, it is Francis,” in an interview on June 28. He also said, “the unity of the Church has been in danger for centuries. It has been for all its history. Wars, internal conflicts, centrifugal forces, threats of schisms.”

Benedict XVI then explained that “in the end, the awareness that the Church is and must remain united has always prevailed.” He further explained that “its unity has always been stronger than internal struggles and wars.”

On June 23, Pope Benedict was interviewed in the Vatican gardens on the feast of Corpus Cristi. The meeting resulted in a five-page magazine article with a few direct quotes publishing.

Franco said that it would be impossible “to disregard the highly reserved cardinals and bishops who have come to his door looking for reassurances, and expressing their criticisms and their perplexity towards the current pontificate.”

Many people were concerned over Massimo Franco’s statements. These concerns were addressed with answers stressing the importance of the Church’s unity. Also noting the obsession of Benedict’s with the Church’s unity more than ever.

In February 2013 Benedict announced his resignation in Latin citing his lack of strength and age. Interestingly, Benedict XVI is the first Roman Pontiff to resign from office in close to 600 years.

After the election of Pope Francis, Benedict has spent his life in prayer and consulting periodically with his successor.

June 29 was Benedict’s the 68th ordination anniversary to the priesthood. Pope Benedict has plans to visit his brother and spend his summer peacefully.


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