Benedict’s 2013 resignation shook a routine Vatican ceremony


              FILE - The salvaged remains of Pope Celestine V are guarded by firefighters after Pope Benedict XVI visited the 13th-century Santa Maria di Collemaggio Basilica, the symbol of the city of L'Aquila, Italy, on April 28, 2009, whose roof partially caved in during an earthquake. During a visit to the earthquake-ravaged city of L’Aquila, Benedict prayed at the tomb of Pope Celestine V, the hermit pope who stepped down in 1294 after just five months in office. Benedict left on Celestine’s tomb a pallium, the simple white woolen stole that is a symbol of the papacy. (AP Photo/Domenico Stinellis, File)
            
              FILE - Pope Benedict XVI is flanked by a firefighter as he looks at a collapsed student dorm after an earthquake, in L'Aquila, central Italy, April 28, 2009. During a visit to the earthquake-ravaged city of L’Aquila, Benedict prayed at the tomb of Pope Celestine V, the hermit pope who stepped down in 1294 after just five months in office. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino, File)
            
              FILE - Pope Benedict XVI leaves after celebrating his final general audience before his retirement, in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican, Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2013. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia, File)
            
              FILE - The Latin text which Pope Benedict XVI read during a meeting with Vatican cardinals where he announced his resignation, is shown to journalists at the Vatican press hall during a press conference by then Vatican spokesman Federico Lombardi, at the Vatican, on Feb. 11, 2013. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia, File)
            
              Italian journalist Giovanna Chirri poses for a portrait at the end of an interview with The Associated Press at the Vatican, Thursday, April 29, 2021. Giovanna Chirri who was covering a routine ceremony by Pope Benedict XVI on Feb. 11, 2013, never expected what unfolded, or that her high school Latin would give her the scoop of a lifetime. Giovanna Chirri of the authoritative ANSA news agency was in a Vatican press room watching the event on closed-circuit TV when Benedict said calmly and in Latin that he would be retiring because he believed he was too old for the job. (AP Photo/Domenico Stinellis)
Benedict’s 2013 resignation shook a routine Vatican ceremony