By Sandra Birungi
According to a Cathoolic news agency, former pope, Pope Benedict resigned after God told him to.
The paper said that God communicated with te pope during he allegedly described as a “mystical experience”. “God told me to do it,” Benedict allegedly said to a visitor to the convent in the Vatican gardens where he is living out his retirement in near isolation.
However, the now Pope Emeritus said God did not talk to him in a vision but in what the former pope called “a mystical experience.” Italian media reported that Benedict’s decision to step down was influenced by the various scandals including the arrest of his personal butler for leaking private documents alleging corruption in the Vatican.
Pope Benedict was succeeded by Pope Francis, the former Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio of Argentina, who was elected as the first non-European pontiff in 1,300 years. A Rome-based Zenith paper went ahead and stressed saying the visitor was told by the pope that the more he observes the way Francis carries out his papal duties, the more he realized the choice was “wanted by God.”