Further details of the resignation may yet emerge as new letters are revealed and when the pontiff’s posthumous biography is published.
Pope Benedict XVI blesses the faithful at the end of the Via Sacra on Good Friday in front of the Colosseum in Rome, Italy, April 6, 2012
Joseph Ratzinger, the Pope Bento XVI, who died on December 31, 2022, left a letter to his biographer in which he would explain the reason for having abdicated the pontificate . During the period of almost 8 years as pope, the religious suffered from profound insomnia, which would have made it very difficult for him to attend night events and his ability to follow all the activities of the work of Supreme Pontiff of the Catholic church. During all the years at the head of the post, Benedict XVI used sleeping pills, including some of the drugs that no longer had an effect due to the habit of the body itself.
During the period of the abdication of the papacy, it was speculated that the resignation was related to a regret for not following through with some investigations related to sex scandals involving members of the church. Rumors also emerged that the former pontiff would like to give a chance to a younger and more modern leadership, which would be represented by the Pope Francis. Further details of the resignation may yet emerge as the letters are revealed and when Benedict’s posthumous biography is published.
*With information from reporter Luca Bassani
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