Ex pope Benedict says he is in the last phase of his life

Ex pope Benedict says he is in the last phase of his lifeFormer pope Benedict said in a letter published in an Italian newspaper on Wednesday that he is in the last phase of life and on a “pilgrimage towards home”. Benedict, who in February 2013 became the first pope in six centuries to resign, wrote a letter to the Corriere della Sera newspaper thanking readers for their best wishes as he approaches the fifth anniversary of stepping down. “I can only say that with the slow withering of my physical forces, interiorly, I am on a pilgrimage towards home.” Since his resignation, the 90-year-old Benedict, a conservative German whose seven-year papacy was marked by mismanagement and financial scandals, has been living in a former convent in the Vatican gardens.



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