I always thought him a very pragmatic quiet man and true to in his faith and beliefs as the head of the church.
I wish him well along with the millions of catholics around the world in his retirement .. We now wait for a New Pontiff . - We now wait for the white smoke to emitt from the vatican enclave of cardinals. Many good christian men within the enclave ..Maybe a younger Pope this time.. Benedict asked for a shorter period for the enclave to decide on his next successor.
I have family that live in Tuscany.. and my niece was married and living in Rome for many years. I stayed with her in her beautiful home in Fregene. a suberb of Rome.. on the sea.
A most amazing city. I am sure that many of you have visited. Its charm, its History, its people , call you back again.
The chosen men have to be swiss and catholic.. also with higher education, before they can apply for the post.. they are changed every 6 years.
My son in Law .. has a very good school friend, who is serving at the Vatican Swiss Guard at the moment.
'Mater Ecclasiae ' within the vatican grounds, where the pope will eventually live and retire .
The end of another papal era.
For the moment Pope Benedict will be living at 'Castelo Gandolfo' long been the summer retreat for more than 4 centuries for the Popes. A view of the exquisite gardens at Castelo Gandolfo.
Wishing you all a blessed day.