CathNews:Vatican dismisses talk of Pope resignation

Below is a short excerpt from a CathNews article, dismissing talk about the Popes resignation next year.

“Italian newspaper Libero reports that Pope Benedict is thinking about resigning in April next year when he turns 85, according to the Vatican Insider. But the Vatican has dismissed the Libero report, Reuters says.

“The Pope’s health is excellent,” Vatican spokesman Father Federico Lombardi said. “We don’t know anything about it. Ask the person who wrote it.”

The Vatican Insider adds that the pontiff shows no sign at the moment of being physically, mentally, or psychologically incapacitated – conditions under which the Pope previously told interviewer Peter Seewald, for the book Light of the World, he would consider stepping down.

It says that the Libero report, by journalist Antonio Socci, said: ” … this rumor is circulating high up in the Vatican and therefore deserves close attention. The Pope has not rejected the possibility of his resignation when he turns 85 in April next year.”

Socci did not cite any sources or reasons, Reuters said.”

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