Pope Benedict XVI told cardinals Thursday that he would give them “unconditional reverence and obedience” in his retirement, which is due to take official effect at 8 p.m.
He also pressed his cardinals to stay unified and told them he would pray for them as they make their selection of a new pope, according to a report by The Associated Press. The College of Cardinals should operate “like an orchestra,” he said, with “agreement and harmony” at all times, the AP reported.
Around 5 p.m., the pope — who is the first to retire in 600 years — will leave the palace and fly to Castel Gandolfo, AP reports. His resignation will take effect right at 8 p.m.
That’s when the Swiss Guards at the palazzo go off duty, AP reports.
© Copyright 2013 The Washington Times, LLC. Click here for reprint permission.
Cheryl Chumley is a continuous news writer for The Washington Times. Previously, she was part of the start-up team for The Washington Times’ digital aggregation product, Times247. She’s also a 2008-2009 Robert Novak journalism fellow with The Phillips Foundation. She can be reached at email@example.com.
By Andrew P. Napolitano
The president's men trash the Constitution to pursue antagonists
Independent voices from the TWT Communities
Covering the world of soccer, including the World Cup, Major League Soccer, D.C. United and the English Premier League and other interesting sporting events.
Happiness is attainable. Morning to night. I love to teach, deal with folks that have an issue and really wish to tackle it and write.
Benghazi: The anatomy of a scandal
Vietnam Memorial adds four names
Cinco de Mayo on the Mall
NRA kicks off annual convention