Ex pope Benedict says he is in the last phase of his life

Source: Reuters

VATICAN CITY (Reuters) – Former pope Benedict said in a letter published in an Italian newspaper on Wednesday that he is in the last phase of life and on a “pilgrimage towards home”.

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FILE PHOTO – Pope Benedict XVI finishes his last general audience in St Peter’s Square at the Vatican February 27, 2013. REUTERS/Alessandro Bianchi/File Photo

Benedict, who in February 2013 became the first pope in six centuries to resign, wrote a letter to the Corriere della Sera newspaper thanking readers for their best wishes as he approaches the fifth anniversary of stepping down.

“I am moved that so many readers want to know how I spend my days in this, the last period of the life,” he wrote.

“I can only say that with the slow withering of my physical forces, interiorly, I am on a pilgrimage towards home.”

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