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Pope Benedict Says Goodbye as Leader of the Worldwide Roman Catholic Church
Date:2013-3-4    Publisher:本站原创

Pope Benedict Says Goodbye as Leader of the Worldwide Roman Catholic Church


 

By VOA
01 March, 2013

From VOA Learning English, this is IN THE NEWS in Special English.

Pope Benedict gave his last public blessing this week to tens of thousands of people in Saint Peter's Square in the Vatican, the church's administrative center. The resignation of the leader of the worldwide Roman Catholic Church took effect Thursday.

On Wednesday, the 85-year-old leader took one final ride through the square in his open vehicle. He stopped at times to bless a baby. Later he told the crowd that he has been through some moments that were "not easy." The pope said, "To love the Church also means having the courage to take difficult decisions." Some observers said the comment was a reply to his surprising decision to resign.

Pope Benedict Steps Down
Benedict recognized that his decision was not expected. He told Catholic believers that he made the move with what he called "profound serenity of spirit." The most recent papal resignation was almost 600 years ago, when Pope Gregory the Twelfth stepped down.

Father Thomas Rosica, the director of a Catholic television network in Canada, was among those listening to Benedict's final address. Father Rosica says the pope's decision to resign is a way of teaching Catholics about surrender.

"Pope John Paul II taught us the profound lesson of his papacy, especially in the final years, about suffering and dying. Pope Benedict has taught us another lesson. He's taught us about surrender. We don't cling to power and authority and office and privilege, when our energies are no longer there."
Benedict said the Church had troubles and "stormy waters" during his eight-year leadership. But, he said God will not let the institution sink. He urged all Catholics to always put the good of the Catholic Church before their own personal desires.

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