Pope praises predecessor who quit the papacy for not being equal to the job
Addressing citizens of a central Italian town earlier today, the pope praised one of his 13th century predecessor popes, Celestine V, saying the lifestyle of this man, one of the several Catholic pontiffs who resigned the papacy, can serve as an example for modern men and women.
Celestine V assumed the papacy in 1294 at age 85 and resigned five months later, saying he was not up to the task.
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