Pope Benedict XVI

02 November 2006


From Elo Allik-Schunemann
Sir, - Paul Vallely in his article ( Comment, 22 April) has missed a very important point: the new Pope actually begged for retirement three years ago and was refused it. That in itself turns him more into a humble labourer than a ruthless political operator.

Even though I don't agree with many of the Pope's views, I would not condemn him as a person: he didn't elect himself. It seems that after Pope John Paul, with all his saintliness, people have become tired of his quiet hardness wrapped in mystique, and need someone to be straightforwardly angry with.

Does it help? No, not really.
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Littlemore, Oxford OX4 4PP

From Mr Clive de Salis
Sir, - The Pope has just made a speech in Latin stressing his keenness to reach out to young people. In Latin? Can anyone tell me to which group of young people he was speaking?
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Hurst Green, Halesowen B62 9SB

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