In a shock April 1, 2013 announcement the Vatican has stated that Pope Francis is resigning today and Pope Benedict will resume his duties as Pope.
Pope Francis is quoted as naming two factors in his decision for resigning: 1. The rich Italian cooking that could get him up to 400 pounds if he stayed in Rome; and 2. Criticisms from Catholic blogs, especially in America. Noting that his predecessor had warned him about reading the blogs, Pope Francis was disturbed by the divisions his election had caused. “I do not want to be the cause of acrimony among Catholic bloggers. If I stay as Pope it could be another “torture debate”, and I doubt if Western civilization could survive that.”
As for Pope Benedict, he is described as rested, fit and rearing to resume his duties as Pope. Father Lombari, Vatican press spokesman, said that Pope Benedict feels 75 after weeks of sleeping all night and eating hearty monastery food. ...
Monday, April 1, 2013
Pope Francis Resigning! Pope Benedict Pope Again!
Donald R. McClarey @ The American Catholic has the scoop:
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