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By Mirembe Martina

In a new twist into the resignation of Pope Benedict XVI, the pope is said to have been forced to resign by the secretary of State of the Vatican, Tarcisio Bertone.

Pope Benedict XVI resigned on Monday February 11th shocking the whole world. According to his resignation speech, the pope resigned because of age. “After having repeatedly examined my conscience before God, I have come to the certainty that my strengths, due to an advanced age, are no longer suited to an adequate exercise of the Petrine ministry,” part of the statement read.

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Vatican Secretary of State, Tarcisio Bertone.

However, according to a statement by the Brussels Central Office, the pope was forced to resign by the Vatican Secretary of State because of an impending warrant of arrest over crimes against humanity. “But according to our sources, Secretary of State Tarcisio Bertone forced Joseph Ratzinger’s resignation immediately, and in direct response to the diplomatic note concerning the arrest warrant that was issued to him by the said nation’s government on February 4, 2013,” the statement read.

Speculation mounted on why the pope had decided to resign being the first pope to resign since the last pope resigned 600 years ago. The statement claims that the pope is wanted for crimes against humanity and ordering a criminal conspiracy. “On Friday, February 1, 2013, on the basis of evidence supplied by our affiliated Common Law Court of Justice (itccs.org), our Office concluded an agreement with representatives of a European nation and its courts to secure an arrest warrant against Joseph Ratzinger, aka Pope Benedict, for crimes against humanity and ordering a criminal conspiracy,” the statement read.

These reports however are yet to be confirmed.