Former Pope Benedict Shares He is on a 'Pilgrimage Towards Home'
By Mei Manuel, February 08, 2018 04:02 AM
On Wednesday, an Italian newspaper published a letter from retired Pope Benedict which highlights the former Pope's reflection that he is in the last phase of life and currently on a 'pilgrimage towards home.'
In the letter published in the Corriere della Sera, the former pope, who resigned in February 2013, thanked readers for the messages he received as he marks the fifth anniversary of his step down from office.
He wrote, "I am moved that so many readers want to know how I spend my days in this, the last period of the life."
He further adds, "i can only say that with the slow withering of my physical forces, interiorly, I am on a pilgrimage towards home."
Since he resigned in 2013, the 90-year-old former Pope has been living in a former convent close to the Vatican. He has done rare public appearances since then, mostly appearing in major Church celebrations. He also receives friends ever so often in his current residence.
According to friends of the former pope, he still has a sharp mind, but he requires a walker to get around due to his aging.
More from CCD
Another Chilean priest is removed from the church while under the investigation for his alleged involvement in a child sexual abuse case.
Pope Francis calls upon to the mafia on his address during a visit in Palermo this weekend.
Pope Francis is facing more criticism over the sexual abuse crisis in the church.
Here's what the pope has to say about bishops being attacked.
A special retreat was held early this month in Zhejiang.
On September 7, 2018, a 40-strong team from a church in Sabah, Malaysia, visited the Nanjing-based Amity Printing Company, the world's largest Bible factory.
Check out the events that happened during China's Internet Charity Day.
On September 6, 2018, the memorial service of Elder Fu Xianwei, chairman of TSPM, was held in Shanghai Moore Memorial Church.
We are deeply grieved by the departure of Elder Fu Xianwei, Chairman of the TSPM National Committee of the Protestant Churches in China and a close friend and ministry partner of the United Bible Societies. Elder Fu went home to be with the Lord in the early morning of 20 August 2018. He was 74.
More cases are now appearing regarding the church abuse scandals rocking Chile.