The last days of Pope Emeritus Benedict? Former pontiff says he is 'on a journey home'

In a rare new letter penned by Benedict XVI, the retired pontiff said he is in the last phase of his life, and while his physical strength might be waning, he is surrounded by a ˝love and goodness” that he never imagined.

Vatican City, Feb 7, 2018 / 02:18 am (CNA/EWTN News) – “I can only say that at the end of a slow decline in physical strength, inwardly I am on pilgrimage home,” Benedict XVI said in the letter, published Feb. 7 in Italian daily Corriere della Sera.

He said that “it’s a great grace for me to be to be surrounded in this last piece of the road, which is at times a bit tiring, by a love and goodness that I could never have imagined.”

Benedict addressed the letter to Italian journalist Massimo Franco of Corriere della Sera, who was charged with the task of presenting the retired pontiff with letters expressing concern and asking about his well-being five years after resigning from the papacy.

He shocked the world when he announced his resignation Feb. 11, 2013, declaring that the See of Peter would be vacant as of 8 p.m. on Feb. 28. A conclave was called to name his successor, and on March 13, 2013, Jorge Mario Bergoglio was elected Bishop of Rome, and took the name Francis.

In his letter, published Feb. 7 on the front page of Corriere della Sera, Benedict said he was moved that so many readers from the paper “want to know how I’ve spent this last period of my life.”

He said he considers the questions and concerns of the readers part of the love he has experienced, and sees them as “an accompaniment” on the last phase of his life.

“Because of this,” he said, “I cannot but be thankful, on my part assuring you all of my prayers. Best regards.”


  • William Barrocas says:

    That Feb. 7,2018 letter of Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI touched deeply seeing how he must be feeling the end is now nearer even for the Church he helped to be guided by the Spirit of the Lord.
    God be with Him and give him to have Happier Days of his End-Time

  • Boaz Rotich moilem says:

    We respect the perfect words from chosen man of God. Our faith gets lifted ,we stand toll as Catholics . Papa,continue praying for us

  • Jen says:

    God be with him🙏

  • Rita Wall says:

    Please pray for us and our family!

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