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Pope Benedict XVI to Return to Vatican


- from Clerical Whispers
Pope Benedict XVI left the Holy See on 28 February, the last day of his pontificate, which ended officially on the evening of that same day, following his resignation. 

Unless there is last minute change of plan, the Pope Emeritus is expected to return to the Vatican on 1 May. 

The former cloistered monastery where the former Pope will be living, is now ready for him to move in. 

The monastery is a four story building, with communal areas and twelve monastic cells, a new wing measuring approximately 450 metres squared, a chapel, the cloistered nuns’ choir, a library, a gallery, an evergreen hedge, a heavy gate that separates the cloistered area from the other parts of the monastery and a large garden where peppers, tomatoes, courgettes, cabbages, lemons and oranges are grown.

Benedict XVI will be living with the four members of the Memores Domini association and his personal secretary, Georg Gänswein, Prefect of the Papal Household. 

Others who are allowed to stay in the monastery are the Pope Emeritus’ brother and the German deacon who joined the small former “papal family” and assists Benedict when Fr. Georg is busy in the Apostolic Palace. 

The move will make Mgr. Gänswein’s life much easier as, up until now, he has had to go back and forth from Castel Gandolfo to the Vatican every day. It will also make it easier for Francis to visit his predecessor.

Benedict’s frailty was apparent during Pope Francis’ visit to the Pope Emeritus just a few days after his election. 

But Vatican spokesman, Fr. Federico Lombardi, who has confirmed the former Pope’s imminent return to the Vatican, had denied that Benedict XVI was suffering from any major illness.
 




Article posted on 28th of April 2013

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