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Why is the Pope resigning? Does he know that he is dying?

Derivative Work. Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger (Pope Benedict XVI since 2005) on May 10, 2003, during the celebration of the 750th anniversary of the canonization of Saint Stanislaus in Szczepanów, Poland. Picture taken by Janusz Stachoń and released under CC-BY license by Szamil (www.szczepanow.pl). (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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The world was shocked when Pope Benedict announced his retirement- the first pope to do so in 600 years. The baffling question of why he made the decision remains a mystery. In his first public appearance since his announcement, he told the audience in Italian what he had told cardinals on Monday in Latin: that he simply did not have the strength to continue. He said 'I did this in full liberty for the good of the church.' He asked the faithful 'to continue to pray for the pope and the church.'

Does this make sense? Perhaps, but there may be a more practical reason why the pope went this route. I think, because of the schism in the church between the liberal socialist element and the more conservative European element, Benedict decided by being alive while his predecessor is selected, would give him more control in moving the decision from one that he would have no control over (being dead) to one in which he could use his influence to keep the church in step with the vision of Pope John Paul II, his mentor and great friend.

 

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Something's Fishy - Or Where Did that Pope's Hat Come From????

Editor's Note from Robert R. Barney... The following is not written by me. It is the study of some of the traditions of both the Catholic and Protestant churches by the Reverend Alexander Hislop, in his book "The Two Babylon's" from the 19th century. For those who are truly interested in the pagan origins of many of the things our churches do, this book is exceptional! The following is about the Pope's Mitre (Hat).

The Sovereign Pontiff The Two Babylons Alexander Hislop

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This is a big story. Wonder what all this means. Thanks for the coverage.
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Israel and The Vatican near historic relationship upgrade

After 14 years of glacial negotiations, Israel and the Vatican are on the verge of signing a long-elusive agreement that would formalize diplomatic relations, Deputy Foreign Minister Danny Ayalon said on Tuesday.

Ayalon’s comments to The Jerusalem Post came after a meeting in Jerusalem of a working commission that has been trying to iron out various issues between Israel and the Holy See since 1999.    Read Story Here:

Israel and The Vatican near historic relationship upgrade

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