UNCOMMOM OCCURRENCES IN 2013: PAPAL RETIREMENT

The Papacy of Pope Benedict XVI ended at 19.00Hours GMT today, 28th February 2013. As Papal authority passed away from him, the Roman Catholic World awaits the end of the selection process by the Cardinals, starting from next Monday. He is now Pope Emeritus. His humble, intellectual, emotional input into ecumenism and the unconditional firm stand for Christian ethics and morality would be remembered. His Pontificate, which has not been free from some controversies within the Church would also be remembered. Earlier today, he bade farewell to his loyal staff, addressed the Cardinals and more importantly, addressed a large crowd of Catholic Faithfuls. He boarded the white helicopter owned by the Italian Government, tagged ‘Republica Italiana’ and left for his temporary abode; Castel Gandolfo. He would be in the castle during the Papal Conclave by the Cardinals. He has already pledged his allegiance of unconditional obedience and reverence to the new Pope, yet to be elected. The entire world is eagerly waiting and watching development of events as they begin to unfold over the next few weeks, years and decades! For the first time in 600 years, a reigning Pope retired voluntarily and elected not to die in office as majority of Popes have done right through Church history. Pope Emeritus would later move into a secluded part of the Vatican to spend the rest of his life. We wish the Pope Emeritus happy retirement and pray God’s abundant grace be upon him. May God bless the entire Roman Catholic Church as a new Pope is elected.
Election has just taken place in Italy. This is not a mere coincidence. It is another uncommon occurrence!

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