CWN is reporting that the Pope’s spokesman has announced that he will not be able to publish his final encyclical before his abdication at the end of the month.
I hoped the Pope had planned it so he would be able to finish his trilogy on the theological virtues. It makes me think the timing of his decision was made more suddenly.
Maybe his successor will take the draft and finish it, much like Pope Benedict did with some of Bl. John Paul II’s writings for the encyclical on love (Deus Caritas Est).