Pope Benedict has no regret, doubt about decision to retire, aide says

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February 12, 2015

File photo of retired Pope Benedict XVI and Pope Francis exchanging greetings at conclusion of consistory at Vatican

Retired Pope Benedict XVI greets Pope Francis. (CNS photo/Paul Haring)

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Retired Pope Benedict XVI has never doubted or regretted his decision to resign, knowing it was the right thing to do for the good of the church, said Archbishop Georg Ganswein, prefect of the papal household and personal secretary to the retired pope.

“The church needs a strong helmsman,” and Pope Benedict was keenly aware of his own waning strength while faced with such a demanding ministry, the archbishop said in an interview published Feb. 12 in the Italian daily Corriere della Sera.

Two years after Pope Benedict’s historic announcement Feb. 11 to step down as supreme pontiff, Archbishop Ganswein said the retired pope “is convinced that the decision he made and announced was the right one. He has no doubt.”

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