Former Vatican Secretary of State: Benedict decided to resign in 2012 [CWN]

Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, the former Vatican Secretary of State, has revealed that Pope Benedict XVI decided to resign in 2012, several months before he made that decision public.In …

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This is old news.
It was the worst kept secret late 2012 and people on the Net were whispering this.

There is also a conspiracy theory that if he had remained in charge the Italian Government (I think) would have had valid grounds for arresting him over something - which is why he stood down.

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