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pope francis smiles as he speaks with journalists in his private quarters with spanish newspaper
Cindy Wooden - Catholic News Service
Pope Francis said he wrote a resignation letter in 2013, his first year in office, to be used in case he became physically or mentally impaired and unable to fulfill the duties of the papacy.
Thomas P. Rausch
Papal infallibility is not always properly understood. Some on the right think that the magisterium can resolve every question or problem with a declaration. Those on the left often grow impatient and dispute its interventions.
A man holds a photo of Pope John Paul I prior to Pope Francis' celebration of the beatification of Pope John Paul I in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican Sept. 4, 2022. (CNS photo/Paul Haring)
FaithVatican Dispatch
Gerard O’Connell
The beatification of John Paul I took place on a rainy but joyous Sunday in St. Peter’s Square, with a homily by Pope Francis on the beauty of a church “with a happy, serene and smiling face.”
James T. Keane
Pope for only 33 days, John Paul I is known both as "The Smiling Pope" and "The Forgotten Pope." On Sept. 4, he will be beatified. What were his life and papacy like?
Pope Benedict XVI views the casket of St. Celestine V, a 13th-century pope who resigned, during his visit to the earthquake-damaged Basilica of Santa Maria di Collemaggio in L'Aquila, Italy, in this April 28, 2009, file photo. Pope Benedict retired in 2013. (CNS photo/L'Osservatore Romano via Reuters)
Carol Glatz - Catholic News Service
The resignation of Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI has sparked internal debate over the status and titles of former Popes. One group of canon lawyers and academics are working to draft a ruleset for this navigating papal resignations going forward.
Pope Francis answers questions posed by Bernarda Llorente, the president of Télam, the Argentine news agency, during an interview June 20, 2022, in the Domus Sanctae Marthae where the pope lives. The interview was released July 1. (CNS photo/Vatican Media)
Junno Arocho Esteves - Catholic News Service
When asked if he felt he had changed during his papacy, the pope said he was told by several people “that things that were dormant in my personality came to the surface; that I became more merciful.”