Secretary tried to stop Pope Benedict reigning

Archbishop Georg Ganswein, the longtime personal secretary to Pope Benedict XVI, has disclosed that he tried to dissuade the Pope Emeritus from resigning.

The archbishop said he was aware of Benedict’s intentions well in advance of the public announcement of his resignation.

He said that he argued against resignation, but the Pontiff “was not to be shaken” and believed his physical decline made it impossible to fulfill the responsibilities of the Petrine office.

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