VATICAN CITY — The retired pope's personal secretary came forward and said the recent and widely circulated news story claiming that Benedict XVI stepped down after having a “mystical experience” is completely false.
“It was invented, from the alpha to the omega,” Archbishop Georg Gänswein said.
“There is nothing true in this article,” he told journalist Alessandra Buzzetti in an interview on Italian television channel Tg5.
Zenit, a Rome-based Catholic news outlet, had reported Aug. 19 that Benedict XVI resigned after having a mystical experience in which God told him to do so.
The agency said that the former pope told a visitor to Mater Ecclesiae, the monastery in the Vatican...READ MORE