In 2013, on this day 11 February, Feast of Our Lady of Lourdes, Benedict XVI announced that he would abdicate.
There are still a lot of unanswered questions about his resignation. There were several strange events that preceded his announcement. Time has exacerbated the controversies.
The evening after the Pope’s announcement, lightning struck the dome of St Peter’s Basilica. Coincidence? Could be. Portentous? At least.
Perhaps not as portentous as when Benedict left his pallium on the tomb of Celestine V.
We are still, frankly, reeling from that announcement and the subsequent conclave, as the recent controversy surrounded the excellent new book by Card. Sarah and Benedict XVI.