Pope Benedict to retire at the age of 85

Pope Benedict XVI has announced that he will retire from his position as the head of the Catholic Church on February 28th after around eight years in the post at the age of 85.Pope Benedict XVI retirement

Although the German pope, whose birth name is Joseph Ratzinger, will become the first holder of the esteemed position to step down voluntarily since as long ago as 1294, it is worth remembering that he did not enter into the role until the advanced age of 78.

One of the oldest senior pontiffs when he was appointed in 2005, Benedict XVI has attributed his resignation to a deterioration of his strength in recent months, explaining how he reached the conclusion that his condition was ‘no longer suited’ to playing such a vital role in the religious world.

While the securing of products such as chairs for the elderly is an important part of ensuring comfort in later years, this necessity is also achieved by knowing when the time is right to stand aside from strenuous daily commitments and take stock of your life’s work.

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