It's A 'Tale Of Two Popes' As Benedict Returns To Vatican | WAMU 88.5 - American University Radio

NPR : News

Filed Under:

It's A 'Tale Of Two Popes' As Benedict Returns To Vatican

Emeritus Pope Benedict XVI moved back to the Vatican and his new retirement residence on Thursday, where he will live side-by-side with the reigning pontiff, Pope Francis.

The arrangement makes history because Benedict, 86, is the first pope to voluntarily step down as head of the Roman Catholic Church in more than 700 years.

Since his Feb. 28 resignation, Benedict has live at the papal residence in Castel Gandolfo in the hills south of Rome. The Associated Press says that since then:

"Benedict ... chose to leave the Vatican immediately after his resignation to physically remove himself from the process of electing his successor and from Pope Francis' first weeks as pontiff."

The Telegraph notes:

"He will take up residence in a former convent in the Vatican's extensive gardens. Situated on a hill within the city state, it commands views of St Peter's Basilica, the rooftops of Rome and the Apennine mountains.

It is a 10 minute walk from Casa Santa Marta, the Vatican residence where Pope Francis has chosen to live since his election, having rejected the option of living in the much larger and more lavish papal apartments."

According to the newspaper, the two popes will be dressed similarly, "as Pope Emeritus, Benedict wears a white cassock, while Francis wears a white cassock with a short cape around his shoulders."

The AP reports:

"The last time he was seen by the public — March 23 — Benedict appeared remarkably more frail and thin than when he left the Vatican on his final day as pope three weeks earlier. ...

'He is a man who is not young: He is old and his strength is slowly ebbing,' Vatican spokesman, the Rev. Federico Lombardi, said this week. 'However, there is no special illness. He is an old man who is healthy.'

Copyright 2013 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.

NPR

In A Remarkable Feat, 'Boyhood' Makes Time Visible

Boyhood is about a boy in Texas whose parents have separated. Filmed over 12 years, audiences watch him grow up — and his worldview evolve. The cumulative power of the movie is tremendous.
NPR

Spread Of Palm Oil Production Into Africa Threatens Great Apes

Palm oil growers are setting their sights on Africa as they amp up production. More than half of the land that's been set aside for plantations in Africa overlaps with ape habitats, researchers say.
WAMU 88.5

Democrats Push To Overturn Hobby Lobby Ruling

Virginia's Tim Kaine and other Democrats are trying to overturn the ruling with legislation they say will protect female workers.
NPR

Friday Feline Fun: A Ranking Of The Most Famous Internet Cats

Forget the Forbes Celebrity 100. This is the Friskies 50 — the new definitive guide of the most influential cats on the Internet. The list is based on a measure of the cats' social media reach.

Leave a Comment

Help keep the conversation civil. Please refer to our Terms of Use and Code of Conduct before posting your comments.