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Friday 22 April 2022
1. Benedict XVI turns 95 as book focuses on anomaly of ‘2 popes’
2. The Catholic Church in Asia must address girls’ education
3. At the Holy Sepulcher, tensions around the Sacred Fire
4. The scientific debate provoked by the controversial discovery of “biblical Sodom”
5. A Polish bishop and ex-soccer player becomes a TikTok star
Benedict XVI turns 95 as book focuses on anomaly of ‘2 popes’
In light of the Emeritus Pope Benedict XVI turning 95, veteran Italian journalist Massimo Franco published a new book called “The Monastery,” which analyzes the current state of Vatican affairs through the lens of Benedict’s nine-year retirement and the confusion over having two popes. The book paints a picture of two papal courts that started out on excellent terms but whose relationship has hardened throughout the years. Franco analyzes that Benedict’s retirement home in a converted monastery in the Vatican gardens has essentially become the “symbolic headquarters of the Francis opposition” with the Pope Emeritus becoming “the unwitting point of reference for right-wing, Catholic traditionalists who loathe Francis.” The problems “are not Francis’ fault or Benedict’s fault,” Franco said in an interview. “It’s the byproduct or the inevitable, unavoidable product of The Resignation,” he concluded.
Associated Press, English