Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Former Pope reappears

Vatican monastery prepares for Benedict XVI's return
Mater Ecclesiae Monastery in the Vatican Gardens, where Pope Benedict XVI will retire, as it appeared in January 2011. CNS photo / Mark Kortum, Reuters.
Catholic News Agency reports that Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI will return to the Vatican on May 2 by helicopter, coming back the same way he left just two months ago when he resigned as Pope.

The return of a former Pope is something that has no historical precedent, making everything a new one for the Vatican's staff. Father Federico Lombardi, SJ, the director of the Vatican's press office, told CNA April 30 "there will be someone there to welcome Benedict XVI," but he is not yet sure who that will be.

The former Pope will arrive by helicopter around 4:30 or 5 p.m., and after a brief greeting will head to the Mater Ecclesiae (Mother of the Church) Monastery, where he will live a life of prayer and meditation.

For full story see The B.C. Catholic website .

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