It is deplorable that, as we draw closer to the time of the beginning of the conclave… there be a widespread distribution of often unverified, unverifiable or completely false news stories that cause serious damage to persons and institutions.A statement from the Vatican • Decrying reports in the Italian media, in advance of the meeting of the conclave to select a new Pope. Of particular irritation to the Vatican — an unsourced story in La Repubblica, Italy’s largest-circulation daily newspaper, regarding a special report by three Cardinals, conducted in the aftermath of the theft and leaking of the Pope’s personal papers by his butler. It suggests that the special report uncovered myriad scandals relating to sex, money, and the management of the Vatican’s bank, but CNN’s Senior Vatican Analyst John Allen finds the idea this hastened Benedict’s departure unlikely: “For the most part, one has to take the pope at his word: He’s stepping aside because he’s old and tired, not because of any particular crisis.” source
His last tweet as pope from his @Pontifex account (English version) will be sent out on Feb. 28, according to ANSA in Rome. As with Benedict’s previous tweets, his final message will be be sent out in 8 different languages via separate accounts.An ABC News report • Discussing Pope Benedict’s final tweet as the pontiff. For most people, our last tweet would not be worthy of a pre-game news story. But the Pope, who has 1.5 million followers on the strength of just 36 tweets, is apparently worth a pre-game. We’ll be holding our breath for the next five and a half days.
Here’s the initial CNN report of Pope Benedict XVI’s resignation. They have EWTN’s Raymond Arroyo on the screen, who was the only person who had an English-language interview with Joseph Ratzinger before he became pope, and Arroyo just sounds stunned.