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Pope Benedict's decision to live in the Vatican after he resigns will provide from the Liguria region during a meeting at the Vatican February 15, . Additional reporting by Robin Pomeroy; Edited by Simon Robinson. ROME — Ever since Pope Benedict XVI became the first pontiff in six centuries to Official photos occasionally show him meeting with Francis. VATICAN CITY -- Benedict XVI has returned to the Vatican for the first time since he resigned Feb. 28 and met with successor Pope Francis.
Vatican police, who already know the pope and his habits, will be able to guarantee his privacy and security and not have to entrust it to a foreign police force, which would be necessary if he moved to another country.
Another consideration was that if the pope did move permanently to another country, living in seclusion in a monastery in his native Germany, for example, the location might become a place of pilgrimage.
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Infor example, Benedict was named as a defendant in a law suit alleging that he failed to take action as a cardinal in when he was allegedly told about a priest who had abused boys at a U. The lawyers withdrew the case last year and the Vatican said it was a major victory that proved the pope could not be held liable for the actions of abusive priests. Benedict is currently not named specifically in any other case.
The Vatican does not expect any more but is not ruling out the possibility.
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Dawkins and the late British-American journalist Christopher Hitchens commissioned lawyers to explore ways of taking legal action against the pope. Their efforts came to nothing because the pope was a head of state and so enjoyed diplomatic immunity.
Invictims of sexual abuse by the clergy asked the International Criminal Court to investigate the pope and three Vatican officials over sexual abuse. The ICC has not taken up the case but has never said why.
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At 91, Benedict still largely resembles the firm theologian who stepped down five years ago, when he leaned into a microphone, offered a brief message in Latin and shocked the Roman Catholic Church.
He still dresses in papal white. He chose not to revert to his given name, Joseph Ratzinger. Friends say he is frail — he moves with the help of a walker — but he is mentally sharp.
Before his abdication, no pope since Gregory XII in had been willing to step down. Pope Paul VI had at least considered it, according to a book collecting his letters and documents. But Paul VI, who died infeared that doing so could open future popes to factional fighting, according to an essay by Thomas Reese, a Jesuit priest.
Pope John Paul II reportedly prepared a letter of resignation to submit in the event of a debilitating condition; he never used it. Inafter eight years as pope, Benedict upended the rules of the modern papacy.
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But rumors have lingered about other contributing factors, including the possibility of blackmail or pressure relating to scandals within the Vatican bureaucracy. He receives occasional visitors in his home, where he lives with a cat, is surrounded by books and has a view from the window of St.