The crowd, many toting banners saying “Grazie!” (“Thank you!”), jammed the piazza to bid Benedict farewell and hear his final speech as pontiff. In this appointment, which he has kept each week for eight years to teach the world about the Catholic faith, Benedict thanked his flock for respecting his retirement, which takes effect Thursday.
Actress Kerry Washington continues to impress with a diverse portfolio, moving seamlessly from playing no-nonsense fixer Olivia Pope in the hit series “Scandal” to troubled slave in need of rescuing Broomhilda in “Django Unchained.” Though her latest role as the star of a romantic comedy is a complete diversion from her last two gritty, serious characters, it promises to be just as compelling.
She will star in “Tyler Perry Presents Peeples,” a big screen adaptation of Tina Gordon Chism’s “We The Peeples.”
The historically unprecedented resignation of Joseph Ratzinger as Pope this week was compelled by an upcoming action by a European government to issue an arrest warrant against Ratzinger and a public lien against Vatican property and assets by Easter.
After examining his conscience “before God,” he said in a statement that reverberated around the world on the Internet and on social media, “I have come to the certainty that my strengths, due to an advanced age, are no longer suited to an adequate exercise” of his position as head of the world’s one billion Roman Catholics.