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Benedict XVI defends Pope Francis on fifth anniversary of his election


Gerard O’Connell March 12, 2018
Pope Francis greets Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI during a visit with new cardinals at the retired pope’s residence, Nov. 19, 2016 (CNS photo/L’Osservatore Romano, handout).

In a letter released today, Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI has strongly defended Pope Francis against those who claim he lacks theological and philosophical formation and has affirmed that “there is an internal continuity between the two pontificates.”

He did so in a personal letter to Msgr. Dario Vigano, prefect of the Secretariat for Communications, on the occasion of the presentation of a series of 11 small books on “The Theology of Pope Francis,” written by the same number of theologians, the Vatican said. The collection was edited by the Rev. Roberto Repole, president of the Italian Theological Association.


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