The resignation of Benedict XVI. His last actions. The imminent conclave and the candidates for succession. The new and the unknown of a decision without precedent in history
ROME, February 14, 2013 - On the evening of an unremarkable Thursday in Lent, at 8 pm on February 28, Joseph Ratzinger wants to take the step that none of his predecessors had dared to take. He wants to place upon the throne of Peter the keys of the kingdom of heaven. Which edition will be called to take up There is the power of a revolution in this action that has no equal even in centuries long ago.From that point on, the Church enters into unknown territory. It will have to elect a new pope while his predecessor is still alive, his quiet words resounding, his orders binding quietly, his silent agenda waiting to be implemented. Those cardinals who on the morning of Monday, February 11 were convoked in the hall of the consistory for the Canonization of the eight hundred Christians of Otranto martyred by the Turks six centuries ago were stunned at hearing Benedict XVI, at the end of the ceremony announce, in Latin his resignation of the pontificate. It will be up to them, in the middle of Lent, to choose his successor. St. On Palm Sunday, March 24, the newly-elect wants to celebrate his first Mass in Peter's Square, on the day of the entrance of Jesus into Jerusalem on the back of a donkey, acclaimed as the "blessed one who comes in the name of the Lord. "