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Wed Feb 13, 2013, 09:38 PM

 

The Pope’s New Pad: Where Benedict XVI Will Live after He Steps Down

Source: Time Newsfeed



On Feb. 28, he’ll be the Holy Father of the Roman Catholic Church, his prayers and benedictions craved and coveted by more than a billion faithful around the world. But come March 1, Pope Benedict XVI will settle back into a quiet, austere life as Joseph Ratzinger. After announcing his retirement on Feb. 11, the 85-year-old pontiff has promised to devote the rest of his life to prayer. But where? Would he return to his native Germany or remain in the tiny city-state which he’s called home for at least the last eight years?

After he steps down at the end of the month — becoming, incidentally, the first pope to do so in nearly 600 years — he’ll head to Castel Gandolfo, a small town in the hills southeast of Rome that houses a majestic papal residence. The Pontifical Palace has been used as a summer home for every pope since Urban VIII in the 1600s.

But the former pope won’t remain there for very long – just until renovations are finished on his permanent pad in Vatican City. Upon his return, Ratzinger will be given residence in a disused convent that stands within the Vatican walls, a tony house of about 4,300 square feet that stands on a hill just a few hundred yards behind St. Peter’s Basilica.

The convent of Mater Ecclesiae was built in 1994 around what was once the residence of the Vatican gardener. Since then, different orders of cloistered nuns have spent between three- and five-year terms there, the Catholic News Service reports. After the final group of nuns moved out in November, renovations began. The nuns that once inhabited the place lived in 12 apartment-like “cells” on the highest floors of the four-story building. All told, it’s a rather embellishment-free building, originally constructed “for contemplative life within the walls of Vatican City,” according to the Vatican’s website.



Read more: http://newsfeed.time.com/2013/02/13/the-popes-new-pad-where-benedict-xvi-will-live-after-he-steps-down/



What a dump, huh?

(Note: This story was filed 7 hours ago by Time correspondent Nick Carbone.)

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Reply The Pope’s New Pad: Where Benedict XVI Will Live after He Steps Down (Original post)
Ian Iam Feb 2013 OP
Angry Dragon Feb 2013 #1
KansDem Feb 2013 #2
TomClash Feb 2013 #3
freshwest Feb 2013 #5
bamacrat Feb 2013 #20
freshwest Feb 2013 #4
jmowreader Feb 2013 #6
freshwest Feb 2013 #7
riderinthestorm Feb 2013 #8
hrmjustin Feb 2013 #9
DeSwiss Feb 2013 #10
Rhiannon12866 Feb 2013 #15
nyy1998 Feb 2013 #11
dlwickham Feb 2013 #13
intaglio Feb 2013 #16
MADem Feb 2013 #17
NYC Liberal Feb 2013 #22
Wolf Frankula Feb 2013 #12
Bozita Feb 2013 #14
Berlum Feb 2013 #18
rhett o rick Feb 2013 #19
llmart Feb 2013 #21
BigDemVoter Feb 2013 #23
SylviaD Feb 2013 #24

Response to Ian Iam (Original post)

Wed Feb 13, 2013, 09:43 PM

1. Jesus did not just up and quit, he followed through to the end

I think the pope should set an example and follow in Christ's foot steps
or even in Peter's footsteps

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Response to Angry Dragon (Reply #1)

Wed Feb 13, 2013, 09:48 PM

2. Really! When did Jesus say, "I'm outta here!"

"Time for a few rounds!"


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Response to Ian Iam (Original post)

Wed Feb 13, 2013, 10:08 PM

3. Castel Gandolfo

An amazing place to see the sky. An excellent observatory.

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Response to TomClash (Reply #3)

Wed Feb 13, 2013, 10:09 PM

5. Far enough away from city lights to see the stars. That would be nice.

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Response to TomClash (Reply #3)

Thu Feb 14, 2013, 11:30 AM

20. Sounds like Middle Earth to me.

Must be where they keep the precious and Sam and Frodo can live their life as the couple they have always been.

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Response to Ian Iam (Original post)

Wed Feb 13, 2013, 10:08 PM

4. What do Catholics think about it? To me, a non-Catholic, this is weird.

And what is he going to be praying about that he hasn't been doing before?

I guess this will be a mystery till the end.

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Response to freshwest (Reply #4)

Wed Feb 13, 2013, 10:14 PM

6. "Dear Lord, please stop our priests from raping young boys!"

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Response to jmowreader (Reply #6)

Wed Feb 13, 2013, 10:18 PM

7. That's surely what all of us want. It would be a good idea... no, a great idea.

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Response to freshwest (Reply #4)

Wed Feb 13, 2013, 10:23 PM

8. "Please dear Lord, keep my name from appearing on any incriminating documents before I die!" nt

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Response to Ian Iam (Original post)

Wed Feb 13, 2013, 11:01 PM

9. I wonder what Jesus would say about this.

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Response to Ian Iam (Original post)

Wed Feb 13, 2013, 11:17 PM

10. Looks like a prison. n/t

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Response to DeSwiss (Reply #10)

Thu Feb 14, 2013, 01:54 AM

15. It does!

I expected to see a sniper on the roof!

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Response to Ian Iam (Original post)

Wed Feb 13, 2013, 11:58 PM

11. I feel like the fact that they had this plan already thought out so quickly is suspicious

Not in a "aliens attacked Roswell" suspicious but more like "he was forced to abdicate" suspicion.

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Response to nyy1998 (Reply #11)

Thu Feb 14, 2013, 12:36 AM

13. supposedly he had heart surgery a few months ago

I think he might have had a pacemaker put in

I can see that as a very valid reason for resigning

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Response to dlwickham (Reply #13)

Thu Feb 14, 2013, 02:17 AM

16. The (Secret) operations was to replace a pacemaker battery

The device itself was fitted years ago whilst he was still a Cardinal

It does make me wonder at his hubris in accepting the election.

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Response to nyy1998 (Reply #11)

Thu Feb 14, 2013, 02:26 AM

17. Apparently he's had intent to do this since he had the batteries in his pacemaker replaced.

It wasn't all that quick. It's just the "two weeks' notice" that is quick...

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Response to nyy1998 (Reply #11)

Thu Feb 14, 2013, 05:26 PM

22. I read that he actually made the decision last year, as early as April.

But of course that still doesn't preclude the possibility of pressure.

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Response to Ian Iam (Original post)

Thu Feb 14, 2013, 12:30 AM

12. Are His New Diggings going to have Bars on the Windows?

Herr Ratzinger "Get thee to a nunnery, go!"

Wolf

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Response to Ian Iam (Original post)

Thu Feb 14, 2013, 12:44 AM

14. Austere? 4300sf residence? Where should we send food parcels?

Infuckingsanity.

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Response to Ian Iam (Original post)

Thu Feb 14, 2013, 06:47 AM

18. Joey Joey Joey

...don't let the door hit you on the way out...

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Response to Ian Iam (Original post)

Thu Feb 14, 2013, 10:27 AM

19. It's a trick. Once he is behind those barred gates, he is in for life. Cant fool Dog. nm

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Response to Ian Iam (Original post)

Thu Feb 14, 2013, 03:15 PM

21. Whatever happened to vows of poverty?

People who give their hard earned money to the Catholic church have been duped.

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Response to Ian Iam (Original post)

Thu Feb 14, 2013, 06:48 PM

23. Does the Eunuch in Chief get to keep his red shoes, white dress, and other baubles?

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Response to Ian Iam (Original post)

Thu Feb 14, 2013, 07:17 PM

24. Please show a little respect for my religion, fellow DUers. As I will with yours, if any. n/t

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