Pope Benedict XVI won’t interfere with the work of his successor when he becomes the first pontiff to resign in almost 600 years and will support the new leader of the Roman Catholic Church with his prayers, a Vatican spokesman said.
The Vatican is conducting a widening probe into leaked documents that prompted the arrest of Pope Benedict XVI’s butler last week in a case local media have compared to an Agatha Christie novel.
Roman Catholic cardinals are meeting at the Vatican for preliminary talks to discuss the state of the church and decide on a date to begin the secret conclave to elect a new pope.
The Vatican appointed a German lawyer and financial adviser to lead its bank, nine months after its previous head was ousted amid a money laundering probe.
Pope Benedict XVI, saying he no longer has the strength to lead the world’s 1.2 billion Catholics, will resign from the papacy at the end of the month, the first such abdication in almost 600 years.
"Consensus is perhaps not mature within the assembly for certain issues."
- Federico Lombardi on Oct 18, 2014