The Pope in the Attic: Benedict in the Time of Francis

In the May issue of The Atlantic, Paul Elie writes a portrait of Benedict, who in retirement lives in close proximity to Pope Francis. “And so it has come to pass that, in his 88th year, he is living at the Mater Ecclesiae, served by four consecrated laywomen and his priest-secretary, with a piano and a passel of books to keep him occupied,” Elie writes. “Here he watches the Argentine, prays for him, and keeps silence—a hard discipline for a man who spent his public life defining the nature of God and man, truth and falsehood.”

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