BBC journalist Frank Gardner, who previously went to the country with Benedict
, said the adventurer had told him "people FAMILY MAN Benedict
and wife Lenka shouldn't worry" if he was out of contact for a long time during the trek.
Last Testament is the fourth book of published interviews between Benedict
Recalling his age and feeling at the time, Benedict
states: "I was now 78 years old, which was of course reassuring.
The show boss said he and Benedict
were at school together and his own mum saw a star in the making.
The report further revealed that actor Benedict
Cumberbatch broke the hearts of his female fans when he announced his engagement through (http://www.
announced his decision to resign on February 11, 2013 and formally stepped down on February 28, becoming the first pope in 600 years to do so.
We are grateful for your presence here among us,'' the newly minted Cardinal Pietro Parolin, the Vatican secretary of state, told Benedict
in his introductory remarks at the start of the service, drawing more applause.
According to the United Negro College Fund, Benedict
has been one of the fastest-growing colleges within its organization.
The current pontiff has made repeated gestures of friendship towards Benedict
, visiting him in Castel Gandolfo, calling him on his birthday and holding mass for him.
A Vatican spokesman said Benedict
offered his pledge of obedience to the new Pontiff.
In a final farewell to his cardinals as pope, Benedict
tried to dispel concerns about the unprecedented future awaiting the Catholic Church, with one reigning and one retired pope living side-by-side.
As his closest aide wept by his side, Benedict
bade farewell to Vatican officials gathered in the San Damaso courtyard of the Apostolic Palace, a corps of Swiss Guards standing by at attention.