Benedict vows ‘unconditional obedience’ to future pope

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Pope Benedict XVI. AP FILE PHOTO

VATICAN CITY—Pope Benedict XVI on Thursday vowed “unconditional obedience and reverence” to his successor on his final day as leader of the world’s 1.2 billion Catholics.

“Among you there is also the future pope to whom I promise my unconditional obedience and reverence,” the pope said in farewell remarks to cardinals assembled in the Vatican.

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  • pepito gwaps

    I heard from my religious friend that once you become a priest you will always be a priest. It is a long lasting role. But now in the case of a resigning pope, is he will always be a pope afterwards. I wonder if God has accepted his resignation irrevocably.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_FFVPH2R22XWJ3Z6QOP3WBA6KA4 EC

    What if the next pope abdicate in favor of Benedict? That would be very serious and very amusing at the same time.

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