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Bild - Germany | Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Pope shows human side

The tabloid Bild, which published what must be Germany's most famous headline "We're Pope!" at the start of Benedict XVI's papacy, now writes "We're Human": "Benedict admits he's no longer up to the task. 'I have come to the certainty that my strengths, owing to an advanced age, are no longer suited to an adequate exercise of the Petrine ministry,' he said in his resignation speech. He doesn't want to muddle along until God redeems his spirit, like his predecessor John Paul II. Benedict wants to give a younger pope the chance to (finally) modernise the Catholic Church. He admits that today's world is 'subject to so many rapid changes and shaken by questions of deep relevance for the life of faith.' And Benedict - that is probably the most important thing - will hear nothing of the 'infallibility of the Pope'. He says: 'I ask pardon for all my defects.' Yesterday's events will force the Catholic Church to tread new ground."

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