CIUDAD DEL VATICANO (AP) — Benedicto XVI, que el jueves inicia su jubilación para convertirse en papa emérito, deja atrás una Iglesia en crisis, asediada por el escándalo sexual, las divisiones internas y una grey menguante, pero también entrega un legado sólido: Si bien la renuncia misma fue su acción más importante, Benedicto XVI también puso discretamente a la Iglesia de nuevo en un camino conservador y tradicional.

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  • Curas Online

    Acaba de empezar el rezo de un millón de Ave Marías por Benedicto XVI y por la elección del nuevo Papa. Reza uno y haz RT. :)

  • Eva Ronquillo Sáenz

    Las Campanas de Catedral Despidiendo al Papa Benedicto XVI

  • Diario PanamáAmérica

    En casi 600 años, Benedicto XVI es el primer papa en retirarse.

  • Geovany Ortega

    También, La Guardia Suiza, dejará de cuidar a Benedicto XVI y procederá a vigilar los bienes Papales del Vaticano, hasta un nuevo papa.

  • Luis Tomala(Oficial)

    Últimas palabras de Benedicto XVI como papa http://t.co/ZkvSzMXO3L

  • Omar Calleja

    Benedicto XVI va a realizar en breves momentos su última ceremonia como Papa antes de que su dimisión sea efectiva.

  • Guillermo Gomez

    Benedicto XVI Papa emerito.

  • Ariianmy \☺/

    Con campanazos el mundo catolico despide a Benedicto XVI , Dios nos cuide y el proximo papa sea un buen orientador de nuestra FE"

  • NatGeo Latinoamérica

    A un día de su abdicación, conoce su verdadera historia y legado: "El Papa Benedicto XVI". #Estreno, esta noche, 9.30 PM / 8 VE.

  • José Manuel Salguero

    Termina el pontificado de Benedicto XVI. Roma es sede vacante y Ratzinger es papa emérito.

  • Malu Ramos

    mmm yo no escucho nada RT @wikinoticias: Benedicto XVI deja de ser Papa. Las campanas de las iglesias católicas del Mundo empiezan a sonar

  • Dulcisima

    Termina el ciclo de Benedicto XVI nuestra iglesia queda sin papa

  • Rodolfo Sotillet

    Benedicto XVI deja de ser Papa: Guardia Suiza abandona custodia del Vaticano

  • Fabi MoralesCastillo

    Benedicto XVI ha renunciado. VIVA EL PAPA! http://t.co/6zKL2hnTot

  • Eduardo Verastegui

    Demos gracias a Dios por el Papa Benedicto XVI, gran regalo que dio a la iglesia católica, 8 inolvidables años de verdadero liderazgo.

  • Curas Online

    Acaba de empezar el rezo de un millón de Ave Marías por Benedicto XVI y por la elección del nuevo Papa. Reza uno y haz RT. :)

  • josé dávalos p

    Muchísimas gracias, papa Emérito Benedicto XVI. Es usted un gran hombre de Dios.

  • Di

    La carta de renuncia del Papa!! "@CNNEE: URGENTE: Non habemus Papam #BenedictoXVI http://t.co/ihtfjTH3wH"

  • Milenio Novedades

    Termina el pontificado del Papa Benedicto XVI, para ahora ser llamado"Pontífice Emérito" http://t.co/dIF6fg94by

  • Eli Mávil / Televisa

    A las 12pm hubo una misa en Catedral, fieles oraron por el Papa Benedicto XVI y le ofrecieron un aplauso en agradecimiento por 8 años

  • mer

    Benedicto XVI a dejado de ser papa.

  • Coronas Reales

    SEDE VACANTE | El Papa Benedicto XVI ha dejado de ser el Sumo Pontífice de la Iglesia Católica en este mismo instante.

  • Alerta News

    AHORA: Es oficial la renuncia del papa Benedicto XVI, quien ahora es pontífice emérito.

  • Gabriel SáOl

    Con la renuncia del Papa Benedicto XVI, no siento un vacío ni profunda tristeza como dicen los lo locutores de TV. Me iré al infierno???

  • Persson de Interés

    El Papa Benedicto XVI renuncio porque la niñez de ahora ya no apretaba como la de antes.

  • DAT Tv

    Se declara Sede Vacante en el Vaticano, Benedicto XVI dejó de ser el papa #Internacionales

  • Eduardo Verastegui

    Demos gracias a Dios por el Papa Benedicto XVI, gran regalo que dio a la iglesia católica, 8 inolvidables años de verdadero liderazgo.

  • VVSincensura

    EXTRA: Se hace efectiva la renuncia de Benedicto XVI, ahora es Papa Emérito

  • iTeto 

    Suenan las campanas en #Ilobasco el pontificado de Benedicto XVI comienza a ser Papa Emérito

  • adrianMendoza García

    RT @Radio_Formula Suenan las campanas de la Catedral Metropolitana de la Ciudad de México para despedir al Papa Benedicto XVI // q se vaya!!

  • Anabel Blanco

    Ya no tenemos papa. Gracias Benedicto XVI

  • Adriana H Barrera

    Conmovedor espectáculo de campañas en Catedral Metropolitana y Basílica de Guadalupe con motivo de despedida del Papa Benedicto XVI.

  • Noticias Caracol

    ¿Qué pasará con la cuenta de Benedicto XVI en Twitter? Este fue su último trino como papa #DespedidadelPapa http://t.co/9IhkkGOfib

  • Penago5

    Fin del Pontificado sus últimos instantes como Papa de benedicto XVI EN VIVO http://t.co/CMpSS1vz8S vía @SitiosFuente

  • Raúl Hernández

    El Vaticano se prepara para elegir al sucesor de Benedicto XVI... Primer Papa que renuncia en 600 años

  • EL PAIS

    El legado del Papa interruptus http://t.co/w0gwx6JzqC Benedicto XVI ha dicho adiós a su Pontificado #Vaticano @elpais_inter

  • ROME REPORTS

    #BenedictoXVI ha sido el Papa "profesor" Nos ha dejado un legado para recordarlo siempre... #B16Legend #2BXVI

  • Carlos Osorio

    Y así termina el legado del Papa #BenedictoXVI, y su retiro rumbo a Castel Gandolfo. Comienza la #SedeVacante. http://t.co/jVztSWonNE

  • bloqueocolectivo

    Terminó el Pontificado del Papa Benedicto XVI. Legado de fe, Cristocentrismo, sabiduría y humildad. Período de Sede Vacante. @Pontifex_es

  • Nica Noticias

    #UNN El legado de Benedicto XVI: dos versiones opuestas: Tras la controvertida renuncia del Papa, las posturas... http://t.co/SdzPboeUrB

  • JOSE CARLOS MORENO

    En @universgaditano hemos realizado un repaso por el pontificado d Benedicto XVI. http://t.co/nWz6qJuqsf @tudiocesiscyc @pasionygloria1

  • Celia

    @julioastillero : legado del Papa corruptus: crímenes de lesa humanidad

El pontífice emérito, de 85 años, tenía la firme convicción de que muchos de los males que afligen a la Iglesia tenían su origen en una lectura errónea de las reformas logradas en el II Concilio del Vaticano.

Insistía en que las sesiones de 1962-1965 que llevaron a la Iglesia a una era moderna no constituyeron una ruptura radical con el pasado, tal como pretendían demostrar muchos liberales, sino más bien una continuación de las mejores tradiciones de la milenaria Iglesia.

Benedicto XVI fue el papa maestro, un catedrático de teología que convirtió sus audiencias generales de los miércoles en clases magistrales sobre la fe católica y la historia, sobre santos y pecadores que contribuyeron a ella.

Entre sus enseñanzas, trató volver a la esencia misma de la cristiandad. No produjo volúmenes de encíclicas como su predecesor, sólo tres: sobre la caridad, la esperanza y el amor.

Ha sido considerado por muchos como el más grande teólogo de los últimos tiempos, habiendo escrito más de 65 libros, desde el clásico "Introducción al Cristianismo" de 1968 hasta el último volumen de su tríptico "Jesús de Nazaret", del año pasado.

Pasó muchos años en las aulas, como estudiante y después como maestro de dogma y teólogo fundamental en las universidades de Bonn, Muenster, Tuebingen y Regensburg, Alemania.

Benedicto XVI nunca aspiró al papado y no adoptó con facilidad los rigores del cargo. Fue elegido el 19 de abril del 2005 después de uno de los cónclaves de menor duración en la historia. A los 78 años, se convirtió en el pontífice de mayor edad en 275 años y el primer alemán en casi un milenio.

Inicialmente era muy rígido.

Giovanni Maria Vian, director editorial del diario del Vaticano L'Osservatore Romano, recordó que, en sus primeros días, Benedicto XVI solía saludar a las masas con un incómodo gesto victorioso "como si fuese un atleta".

"Alguien le aconsejó que ese no era un gesto papal", dijo Vian. Benedicto XVI cambió de gesto, optando por una postura más abierta y con un movimiento de dedos casi afeminado como una manera de conectarse con la multitud.

"Nadie nace siendo papa", agregó Vian.

Benedicto XVI aprendió lentamente.

La gente, que se acostumbró a un cuarto de siglo con el superastro Juan Pablo II, aprendió a querer al erudito Benedicto XVI, de voz suave.

Viajó mucho menos que su predecesor, el papa viajero, y ofició misas cargadas de latín y cantos gregorianos, con vestimentas de seda brocada que se usaban antes del segundo concilio vaticano.

A Benedicto XVI le sorprendió la cálida recepción que tuvo al igual que la dura crítica que provocó toda vez que las cosas no fueron bien, como cuando levantó la excomunión a un obispo que llegó a negar que el holocausto judío hubiera existido.

Para alguien como él, un teólogo que durante décadas trabajó hacia la reconciliación entre católicos y judíos, la indignación fue virulenta y dolorosa.

El papa también se sintió abrumado por lo que calificó de "inmundicia" de la iglesia: los pecados y los delitos de sus sacerdotes.

En su calidad de prefecto de la Congregación para la Doctrina de la Fe, Benedicto XVI vio de primera mano el abuso sexual desde la década de 1980, cuando trató infructuosamente de persuadir al departamento legal del Vaticano que permitiera destituir rápidamente a los sacerdotes abusivos.

Sin embargo, fue finalmente en 2001 cuando logró ordenar que todos los casos de abusos fuesen enviados a su oficina para revisarlos.

"Solíamos hablar sobre los casos los viernes, que él llamaba el viernes de penitencia", comentó el obispo Charles Scicluna, que trabajó con Ratzinger antes de que se convirtiera en el papa Benedicto XVI y fue el fiscal para delitos sexuales desde el 2002 hasta el 2012.

Durante su papado, Benedicto XVI nunca sancionó a un solo obispo por encubrir los abusos sexuales.

"Desafortunadamente, el legado del papa Benedicto XVI es uno de énfasis erróneo, oportunidades perdidas y gestos laterales en vez de cambios desde el centro", destacó Terrence McKiernan, que dirige el sitio BishopAccountability.org, una fuente cibernética que documenta el abuso.

Benedicto XVI también se retira con malas notas de los católicos liberales, que se sintieron abandonados por un papa que parecía revertir las reformas modernizadoras del Vaticano II y sancionó a las monjas del Vaticano que parecían haberse descarriado de su doctrina ortodoxa.

Algunos sacerdotes actualmente viven en rebelión abierta con la enseñanza eclesiástica, instando a un cambio de pensamiento sobre toda clase de tópicos, desde la homosexualidad y la ordenación de mujeres hasta el celibato sacerdotal.

Benedicto XVI ya no estará en el Vaticano para contarlo. Su trabajo ha terminado.

El papa saliente dijo a las 150.000 personas que acudieron a escuchar su último discurso: "Amar a la Iglesia significa tomar decisiones difíciles y dolorosas, tengan siempre en mente el bienestar de la Iglesia, no de uno mismo".

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  • Faithful pray in Castel Gandolfo's San Tommaso da Villanova church after Pope Benedict XVI blessed the crowd from the window of the Pope's summer residence of Castel Gandolfo, the scenic town where he will spend his first post-Vatican days and make his last public blessing as pope,Thursday, Feb. 28, 2013. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)

  • Robert Zollitsch

    Archbishop Robert Zollitsch, head of the German Bishops' Conference, right, holds his sermon during a thanksgiving service for outgoing pope Benedict XVI. at the St. Hedwig cathedral in Berlin, Germany, Thursday, Feb. 28, 2013. At 8 p.m. sharp, Benedict will become the first pontiff in 600 years to resign. (AP Photo/Gero Breloer)

  • Benedict XVI

    Pope Benedict XVI waves from the balcony window of the Pontifical summer residence in Castel Gandolfo, some 35 kilometers south of Rome, to a cheering crowd gathered to see him the day he ends his pontificate, Thursday, Feb. 28, 2013. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)

  • Faithful sing as they wait for Pope Benedict's XVI departure in St. Peter's Square, at the Vatican,Thursday, Feb. 28, 2013. The 85-year-old German Pope Benedict is stepping down on Thursday evening, the first pope to do so in 600 years, after saying he no longer has the mental or physical strength to vigorously lead the world's 1.2 billion Catholics. (AP Photo/Dmitry Lovetsky)

  • Faithful sing as they wait Pope Benedict's XVI departure in St. Peter's Square, at the Vatican,Thursday, Feb. 28, 2013. The 85-year-old German Pope Benedict is stepping down on Thursday evening, the first pope to do so in 600 years, after saying he no longer has the mental or physical strength to vigorously lead the world's 1.2 billion Catholics. (AP Photo/Dmitry Lovetsky)

  • Nuns wave to a helicopter with Pope Benedict XVI onboard in St. Peter's Square, at the Vatican,Thursday, Feb. 28, 2013. The 85-year-old German Pope Benedict is stepping down on Thursday evening, the first pope to do so in 600 years, after saying he no longer has the mental or physical strength to vigorously lead the world's 1.2 billion Catholics. (AP Photo/Dmitry Lovetsky)

  • Pope Benedict XVI greets the crowd from the window of the Pope's summer residence of Castel Gandolfo, the scenic town where he will spend his first post-Vatican days and make his last public blessing as pope,Thursday, Feb. 28, 2013. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)

  • Vatican employees take down Pope Benedict XVI's crest turns after he greeted the crowd from the window of the his summer residence of Castel Gandolfo, the scenic town where he will spend his first post-Vatican days and make his last public blessing as pope,Thursday, Feb. 28, 2013. (AP Photo/Luca Bruno)

  • Pope Benedict XVI turns away after greeting the crowd from the window of the Pope's summer residence of Castel Gandolfo, the scenic town where he will spend his first post-Vatican days and make his last public blessing as pope,Thursday, Feb. 28, 2013. (AP Photo/Luca Bruno)

  • Pope Benedict XVI walks away after addressing the crowd from the window of the Pope's summer residence of Castel Gandolfo, the scenic town where he will spend his first post-Vatican days and make his last public blessing as pope,Thursday, Feb. 28, 2013. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)

  • Pope Benedict XVI blesses the crowd from the window of the Pope's summer residence of Castel Gandolfo, the scenic town where he will spend his first post-Vatican days and make his last public blessing as pope,Thursday, Feb. 28, 2013. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)

  • Faithful carry a banner in German reading "Thank You" as they watch a giant screen showing Pope Benedict XVI, at the Vatican,Thursday, Feb. 28, 2013. The 85-year-old German Pope Benedict is stepping down on Thursday evening, the first pope to do so in 600 years, after saying he no longer has the mental or physical strength to vigorously lead the world's 1.2 billion Catholics. (AP Photo/Dmitry Lovetsky)

  • Norbert Lammert, Horst Seehofer, Angela Merkel

    Bavarian state governor Horst Seehofer, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and President of the German Federal Parliament, Bundestag, Norbert Lammert, bottom from left, attend a thanksgiving service for outgoing pope Benedict XVI. at the St. Hedwig cathedral in Berlin, Germany, Thursday, Feb. 28, 2013. At 8 p.m. sharp, Benedict will become the first pontiff in 600 years to resign. (AP Photo/Gero Breloer)

  • In this photo taken with a fisheye lens, faithfuls gather during a thanksgiving service for outgoing pope Benedict XVI. at the St. Hedwig cathedral in Berlin, Germany, Thursday, Feb. 28, 2013. At 8 p.m. sharp, Benedict will become the first pontiff in 600 years to resign. (AP Photo/Gero Breloer)

  • FILE- In this Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2013, file photo. a general view of the gardens of pope's summer residence of Castel Gandolfo, in the town of Castelgandolfo, south of Rome. Immediately after his resignation on Feb. 28, 2013, Pope Benedict XVI will spend some time at the papal summer retreat in Castel Gandolfo, overlooking Lake Albano in the hills south of Rome where he has spent his summer vacations reading and writing. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)

  • Robert Zollitsch

    Archbishop Robert Zollitsch, head of the German Bishops' Conference, celebrates a thanksgiving service for outgoing pope Benedict XVI. at the St. Hedwig cathedral in Berlin, Germany, Thursday, Feb. 28, 2013. At 8 p.m. sharp, Benedict will become the first pontiff in 600 years to resign. (AP Photo/Gero Breloer)

  • FILE- In this Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2013, file photo, a view of the garden of pope's summer residence of Castel Gandolfo, in the town of Castelgandolfo, south of Rome.. Immediately after his resignation on Feb. 28, 2013, Pope Benedict XVI will spend some time at the papal summer retreat in Castel Gandolfo, overlooking Lake Albano in the hills south of Rome where he has spent his summer vacations reading and writing. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)

  • In this photo taken with a fisheye lens, faithfuls gather during a thanksgiving service for outgoing pope Benedict XVI. at the St. Hedwig cathedral in Berlin, Germany, Thursday, Feb. 28, 2013. At 8 p.m. sharp, Benedict will become the first pontiff in 600 years to resign. (AP Photo/Gero Breloer)

  • FILE- This Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2013, file photo, shows a view of the hall ofthe pope's summer residence of Castel Gandolfo, in the town of Castelgandolfo, south of Rome. Immediately after his resignation on Feb. 28, 2013, Pope Benedict XVI will spend some time at the papal summer retreat in Castel Gandolfo, overlooking Lake Albano in the hills south of Rome where he has spent his summer vacations reading and writing. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)

  • FILE - In this Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2013, file photo, pictures of Pope Benedict XVI are seen at a newsstand outside the pope's summer residence of Castel Gandolfo, in the town of Castelgandolfo, south of Rome. Immediately after his resignation on Feb. 28, 2013, Pope Benedict XVI will spend some time at the papal summer retreat in Castel Gandolfo, overlooking Lake Albano in the hills south of Rome where he has spent his summer vacations reading and writing. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)

  • FILE - In this , Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2013, file photo, Pierpoalo Turoli, responsible for pope's residences, opens a window of the pope's summer residence of Castel Gandolfo, in the town of Castelgandolfo, south of Rome. Immediately after his resignation on Feb. 28, 2013, Pope Benedict XVI will spend some time at the papal summer retreat in Castel Gandolfo, overlooking Lake Albano in the hills south of Rome where he has spent his summer vacations reading and writing. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)

  • FILE - In this Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2013, file photo, a view of a grotto inside the pope's summer residence of Castel Gandolfo, in the town of Castelgandolfo, south of Rome. Immediately after his resignation on Feb. 28, 2013, Pope Benedict XVI will spend some time at the papal summer retreat in Castel Gandolfo, overlooking Lake Albano in the hills south of Rome where he has spent his summer vacations reading and writing. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)

  • Pope Benedict XVI leaves after greetings faithful from the balcony window of the papal summer residence of Castel Gandolfo, the scenic town where he will spend his first post-Vatican days and made his last public blessing as pope,Thursday, Feb. 28, 2013. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)

  • Pope Benedict XVI greets faithful from his summer residence of Castel Gandolfo, the scenic town where he will spend his first post-Vatican days and made his last public blessing as pope,Thursday, Feb. 28, 2013. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)

  • Pope Benedict XVI leaves after greeting faithful from the balcony window of the papal summer residence of Castel Gandolfo, the scenic town where he will spend his first post-Vatican days and made his last public blessing as pope,Thursday, Feb. 28, 2013. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)

  • Pope Benedict XVI leaves after greetings faithful from his summer residence of Castel Gandolfo, the scenic town where he will spend his first post-Vatican days and made his last public blessing as pope,Thursday, Feb. 28, 2013. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)

  • Faithful watch a giant screen showing Pope Benedict XVI in St. Peter's Square, at the Vatican,Thursday, Feb. 28, 2013. The 85-year-old German Pope Benedict is stepping down on Thursday evening, the first pope to do so in 600 years, after saying he no longer has the mental or physical strength to vigorously lead the world's 1.2 billion Catholics. (AP Photo/Dmitry Lovetsky)

  • Benedict XVI

    Pope Benedict XVI salutes a cheering crowd gathered to see him from the balcony window of the pontifical summer residence of Castel Gandolfo, Thursday, Feb. 28, 2013, before he officially ends his pontificate a few hours later. (AP Photo/Domenico Stinellis)

  • Pope Benedict XVI

    In this image taken from video, Pope Benedict XVI delivers his final message to the assembly of cardinals at the Vatican Thursday Feb. 28, 2013, before he retires in just a few hours. Benedict urged the cardinals to work in unity and promised his "unconditional reverence and obedience" to his successor in a poignant and powerful farewell before he becomes the first pope in 600 years to resign. (AP Photo/Vatican TV)

  • A poster of Pope Benedict XVI with writing reading in Italian," You will stay always with us. Thank you" is seen near Rome's Capitol Hill, Thursday, Feb. 28, 2013. Shortly before 5 p.m. on Thursday, Benedict will leave the Apostolic palace inside the Vatican for the last time as pontiff, head to the helipad at the top of the hill in the Vatican gardens and fly to the papal retreat at Castel Gandolfo south of Rome. There, at 8 p.m. sharp, Benedict will become the first pontiff in 600 years to resign. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)

  • Benedict XVI

    RECROP OF VAT103. In this photo provided by the Vatican newspaper L'Osservatore Romano, Pope Benedict XVI delivers his message on the occasion of his farewell meeting to cardinals, at the Vatican, Thursday, Feb. 28, 2013. Benedict XVI promised his "unconditional reverence and obedience" to his successor in his final words to his cardinals Thursday, a poignant farewell before he becomes the first pope in 600 years to resign. (AP Photo/L'Osservatore Romano, ho)

  • Benedict XVI

    In this photo provided by the Vatican newspaper L'Osservatore Romano, Pope Benedict XVI delivers his message on the occasion of his farewell meeting to cardinals, at the Vatican, Thursday, Feb. 28, 2013. Benedict XVI promised his "unconditional reverence and obedience" to his successor in his final words to his cardinals Thursday, a poignant farewell before he becomes the first pope in 600 years to resign. (AP Photo/L'Osservatore Romano, ho)

  • Pope Benedict XVI

    In this image taken from video as Pope Benedict XVI deliveres his final greetings to the assembly of cardinals at the Vatican Thursday Feb. 28, 2013, before he retires in just a few hours. Benedict urged the cardinals to work in unity and promised his "unconditional reverence and obedience" to his successor in his final words to his cardinals Thursday in a poignant and powerful farewell before he becomes the first pope in 600 years to resign. (AP Photo/Vatican TV)

  • Pope Benedict XVI

    FILE - This Nov. 23, 2007 file photo shows Pope Benedict XVI leading a session of prayer and reflection with the College of Cardinals, at the Vatican. Pope Benedict XVI promised his "unconditional reverence and obedience" to his successor in his final words to his cardinals Thursday, Feb. 28, 2013, a poignant farewell before he becomes the first pope in 600 years to resign. (AP Photo/Christophe Simon, pool, file)

  • Commemorative plates and mugs of Pope Benedict XVI, left, Filipino Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle, center, and the late Pope John Paul II, are displayed at a restaurant in Manila, Philippines Thursday Feb. 28, 2013. Pope Benedict XVI formally resigns Thursday, the first pope to abdicate the papacy in 600 years. (AP Photo/Bullit Marquez)

  • Filipino Roman Catholic devotee Betty Abainza shops for posters of resigning Pope Benedict XVI at a religious store in Manila, Philippines Thursday Feb. 28, 2013. Pope Benedict XVI formally resigns Thursday, the first pope to abdicate the papacy in 600 years. (AP Photo/Bullit Marquez)

  • A Filipino salesclerk checks the price of posters, including that of Pope Benedict XVI, at a religious store in Manila, Philippines Thursday Feb. 28, 2013. Pope Benedict XVI formally resigns Thursday, the first pope to abdicate the papacy in 600 years. (AP Photo/Bullit Marquez)

  • Filipino Roman Catholic devotee Betty Abainza shops for posters of Pope Benedict XVI at a religious store in Manila, Philippines Thursday Feb. 28, 2013. Pope Benedict XVI formally resigns Thursday, the first Pope to abdicate the papacy in 600 years. (AP Photo/Bullit Marquez)

  • Pope Benedict XVI Steps Down And Officially Retires From The Papal Office

    VATICAN CITY, VATICAN - FEBRUARY 28: Pope Benedict XVI speaks to his cardinals during a farewell ceremony in the Clementine Hall of the Vatican's Apostolic Palace on February 28, 2013 in Vatican City, Vatican. Pope Benedict XVI will acquire the title 'Pope Emeritus' as he retires the pontificate today, and will travel to a papal retreat at Castel Gandolfo, near Rome (Photo by L'Osservatore Romano / Vatican Pool via Getty Images)Alternate crop of #162827424

  • Benedict XVI

    FILE - This Sept. 6, 2006 file photo shows Pope Benedict XVI wearing a "saturno hat", inspired by the ringed planet Saturn, to shield himself from the sun as he waves to the crowd of faithful prior to his weekly general audience in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican. (AP Photo/Pier Paolo Cito, files)

  • FILE - Pope Benedict XVI greets the crowd from the central balcony of St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican, in this April 19, 2005, file photo. Joseph Ratzinger of Germany, who chose the name of Pope Benedict XVI, became the 265th pontiff of the Roman Catholic Church. (AP Photo/Domenico Stinellis/file)

  • In this photo released by the Vatican newspaper L'Osservatore Romano, Pope Benedict XVI receives German politician Horst Seehofer and his wife Karin during a private audience which followed his last general audience, at the Vatican, Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2013. Benedict XVI basked in an emotional sendoff Wednesday at his final general audience in St. Peter's Square, recalling moments of "joy and light" during his papacy but also times of great difficulty. He also thanked his flock for respecting his decision to retire. (AP Photo/Osservatore Romano, ho)

  • In this photo released by the Vatican newspaper L'Osservatore Romano, Pope Benedict XVI receives German politician Horst Seehofer during a private audience which followed his last general audience, at the Vatican, Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2013. Benedict XVI basked in an emotional sendoff Wednesday at his final general audience in St. Peter's Square, recalling moments of "joy and light" during his papacy but also times of great difficulty. He also thanked his flock for respecting his decision to retire. (AP Photo/Osservatore Romano, ho)

  • Pope Benedict XVI

    Faithful are reflected in the roof of Pope Benedict XVI's pope-mobile as he arrives to celebrate his last general audience in St. Peter's Square, at the Vatican, Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2013. Benedict XVI basked in an emotional sendoff Wednesday at his final general audience in St. Peter's Square, recalling moments of "joy and light" during his papacy but also times of great difficulty. He also thanked his flock for respecting his decision to retire. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)

  • Pope Benedict XVI, Georg Gaenswein

    Pope Benedict XVI's personal secretary George Gaenswein, left, wipes his eye as the Pope delivers his message during his last general audience in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican, Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2013. Pope Benedict XVI basked in an emotional sendoff Wednesday at his final general audience in St. Peter's Square, recalling moments of "joy and light" during his papacy but also times of great difficulty. He also thanked his flock for respecting his decision to retire. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)

  • Pope Benedict XVI reads a message during his final general audience in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican, Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2013. Pope Benedict XVI basked in an emotional sendoff Wednesday at his final general audience in St. Peter's Square, recalling moments of "joy and light" during his papacy but also times of great difficulty. He also thanked his flock for respecting his decision to retire. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)

  • Pope Benedict XVI opens his arms during his final general audience in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican, Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2013. Pope Benedict XVI basked in an emotional sendoff Wednesday at his final general audience in St. Peter's Square, recalling moments of "joy and light" during his papacy but also times of great difficulty. He also thanked his flock for respecting his decision to retire. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)

  • Pope Benedict XVI is about to leave at the end of his general audience in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican, Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2013. Pope Benedict XVI basked in an emotional sendoff Wednesday at his final general audience in St. Peter's Square, recalling moments of "joy and light" during his papacy but also times of great difficulty. He also thanked his flock for respecting his decision to retire. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)

  • Pope Benedict XVI talks to his personal secretary George Gaenswein as he leaves at the end of his general audience in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican, Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2013. Pope Benedict XVI basked in an emotional sendoff Wednesday at his final general audience in St. Peter's Square, recalling moments of "joy and light" during his papacy but also times of great difficulty. He also thanked his flock for respecting his decision to retire. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)

  • Pope Benedict XVI delivers his blessing at the end of his general audience in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican, Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2013. Pope Benedict XVI basked in an emotional sendoff Wednesday at his final general audience in St. Peter's Square, recalling moments of "joy and light" during his papacy but also times of great difficulty. He also thanked his flock for respecting his decision to retire. (AP Photo/Luca Bruno)

  • Pope Benedict XVI kisses a baby during his general audience in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican, Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2013. Pope Benedict XVI basked in an emotional sendoff Wednesday at his final general audience in St. Peter's Square, recalling moments of "joy and light" during his papacy but also times of great difficulty. He also thanked his flock for respecting his decision to retire. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)