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VATICAN CITY (RNS) In his first public comments since his surprise retirement announcement, Pope Benedict XVI asked Catholics for support and prayers to support him “in these days which are not easy for me.”


  1. The Pope (and the man) deserves our prayers. He deserved BETTER from his trusted Vatican colleagues. Christendom is hurt (Roman Catholic, Protestant, Eastern Rites). The treacherous behavior of the Vatican staff, of jealous Archbishops, of detractors all inflict damage on the trust of Our Lord to conduct themselves in His behalf. They’ll answer for it in the long run.