Former Pope Benedict XVI asks for forgiveness, thanks God in last posted letter - CNN

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Former Pope Benedict XVI, who died Saturday in a monastery in the Vatican on the age of ninety five, asked for forgiveness for these he has "wronged" within the religious testomony published following his loss of life.

Benedict, who changed into the primary pontiff in practically 600 years to resign his place, rather than dangle office for life, handed away on Saturday, in response to a statement from the Vatican.

He was elected pope in April 2005, following John Paul II's demise.

throughout the testament, which consisted of a letter containing the pope's remaining phrases, Benedict talked about the "many motives" he had to be thankful for his existence.

in the letter dated August 29, 2006, the former pope thanked God for guiding him "smartly" throughout lifestyles. He also expressed gratitude to his fogeys who he noted gave him "life in a tough time."

He went on to thank his sister for her "selfless" assist and his brother for the "readability of judgment" he shared with him.

Benedict was conventional to be extra conservative than his successor, Pope Francis, who has made strikes to soften the Vatican's position on abortion and homosexuality, in addition to doing greater to take care of the sexual abuse crisis which engulfed the church in fresh years and clouded Benedict's legacy.

In April 2019, Benedict mentioned the intercourse abuse crisis in a public letter, claiming it changed into led to partially with the aid of the sexual revolution of the 1960s and the liberalization of the church's ethical teachings.

In January 2020, Benedict was forced to distance himself from a publication generally seen as undercutting Francis as he regarded no matter if to allow married men to turn into monks in definite cases. The book, "From the Depths of Our Hearts," argued in favor of the centuries-historic subculture of priestly celibacy inside the Catholic Church. Benedict changed into at the start listed as co-creator, but later clarified he had best contributed one section of the textual content.

A yr later, Benedict came below fire over his time as archbishop of Munich and Freising, between 1977 and 1982, following the book of a church-commissioned record into abuse by means of Catholic clergy there.

within the 2006 letter, the previous pope requested "truly" for "forgiveness" for those he "wronged in any way," in his letter.

in the closing phrases, the former pontiff asked "humbly," regardless of all his "sins and shortcomings," he be welcomed via God into heaven.

In a separate letter published via the Vatican in February 2022, Benedict issued a ordinary apology to survivors of abuse, writing: "once once more i will best express to all of the victims of sexual abuse my profound shame, my deep sorrow and my heartfelt admission of guilt," but he admitted to no own or particular wrongdoing.

There is not any suggestion his act of contrition in his last letter relates to the Catholic Church's handling of sexual abuse accusations towards priests.

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