On Thursday, retired Pope Benedict XVI will be laid to rest in a ceremony unheard of in the Catholic Church’s recent history.
In addition to being the first pope in modern history to resign, Benedict’s funeral will be extremely unusual because the current pope will officiate. The Vatican reported that Benedict passed away on Saturday morning at his home, the Mater Ecclesiae Monastery. Last week, the former pope was in critical condition. Follow For More Updates at satiknews.com
On Thursday, a funeral mass for Benedict will be held at St. Peter’s Square. Beginning on Monday, his remains will likely be on display for anybody to pay their respects in St. Peter’s Basilica.
A unusual event will take place when a sitting pope will preside over a former pope’s funeral. Pope Francis will preside over Benedict’s funeral, according to the Holy See Press Office. Given that it was normal to wait until the passing of a pope before picking a new leader, this is an important development in Church history.
Despite the odd circumstances, Francis has regularly shown respect for his predecessor during his reign.
Attacks on the papacy
The numerous crises of Benedict’s pontificate masked his attempts to restore Christianity in secularised Europe, which he claimed was under threat from a “dictatorship of relativism.”
When he lifted the excommunication of a traditionalist bishop who denied the Holocaust, he offended Jews; he received harsh criticism from European politicians for his remarks that condoms contribute to the spread of AIDS; power struggles at the Vatican revealed that he had little control over the church hierarchy; and his papacy was marred by clerical sex abuse scandals.
Enlisted in Hitler’s armed forces
The youngest of three children, Ratzinger was born in the Bavarian hamlet of Marktl am Inn in the interwar era. When Adolf Hitler came to power in 1933, he was 6 years old. According to historian Michael Frassetto, his parents, a police officer and a hotel chef, were devout Catholics who resisted the Nazi dictatorship. For the latest news, follow us on Google News
Ratzinger enrolled in a seminary at the age of twelve. He was forced to join the Hitler Youth during the height of World War II while he was a teenager. He was enlisted in the military in 1943 and spent a short time in an anti-aircraft battalion.