30 May 2019, The Tablet

Rome cannot be home to two popes


Pope Benedict XVI’s decision to resign as Pope on 13 February 2013 and to live silently in the Vatican thereafter is beginning to cause problems. Opponents of Pope Francis’ reforms have begun to treat Benedict as the true Pope, suggesting the papacy of Francis is somehow invalid. There is even a popular T-shirt with a slogan “Benedict is my Pope”, which Matteo Salvini, Italy’s far-right interior minister, has been seen wearing.

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