Benedict’s daily routine involves rising at 7:45 a.m. for mass, followed by breakfast and mornings filled with reading, prayer and correspondence.
After lunch he takes walks on his terrace and in the Vatican gardens either side of a rest. Post-dinner he watches the Italian news on television before further prayers in his own chapel.
“In the last few weeks he has resumed playing the piano more often — mostly Mozart but also other pieces that come into his mind and which he plays from memory,” his secretary added.
Benedict announced his historic decision to step down to cardinals on February 11th, 2013. Two years later he is convinced that was the right decision for the Church, according to his aide, who reiterated that it was “taken freely without any pressure.”