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Former pope Benedict returns to Vatican

[ 02 May 2013 11:35 ]


Baku. Shamil Alibeyli – APA. 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, APA reports quoting the foreign media. 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 abdicate in almost 600 years.


However, the former pope has promised to live quietly in retirement and not interfere.