Benedict to tell all about troubled time at the Vatican

AFP•July 1, 2016

Pope Francis (right) greets his predecessor Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI — who in 2013 became the first pontiff to retire in seven centuries– during a ceremont at the Vatican on June 28, 2016 (AFP Photo/)

Rome (AFP) – Retired pope Benedict XVI is to lift the lid in a new book on his troubled time at the head of the Catholic Church, publishers announced Friday.

Entitled “Final Conversations” in Italian, the book is to be released in several languages and will take the form of an extended interview with German journalist Peter Seewald, who has collaborated on previous publications with the first pope to retire in seven centuries.

Italian daily Corriere della Sera, which has acquired the newspaper rights to the book and will publish excerpts in September, reported that it would include confirmation that there was a so-called “gay lobby” among senior Vatican clerics.

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