The reason behind Ex-Pope Benedict XVI resignition
First the story began with this headline in the news
Nine arrested over 2,000 year-old Assyrian Bible By Simon Bahceli, Cyprus Mail 2/4/2009 10:19:00 PM
Second the Vatican requesting
Vatican Requests 1,500-Year-Old Bible Held In Turkey The Huffington Post | By Laura Hibbard Posted: 02/23/2012 11:56 am Updated: 02/24/2012 2:54 pm
Third the pope resigns
Ex-pope Benedict says God told him to resign during ‘mystical experience’ Pope Francis’s predecessor breaks silence to contradict explanation he gave to cardinals when he stepped down
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العثور علي انجيل مع عصابه للتهريب في تركيا سنه ٢٠٠٩، ويرجع عمر الانجيل حوالي ١٥٠٠ – ٢٠٠٠ سنه ، ويقدر ثمنه ٢٩ مليون دولار
البابا بريدكت السادس عشر بابا الفاتيكان يطلب الانجيل للاطلاع عليه سنه
سنه ٢٠١٣ البابايقدم استقالته ويقول ان الله امره ان يقدم استقالته من البابويه وهو مالم يحدث من قبل
السؤال ماذا وجد البابا في الانجيل ليجعله يقدم استقالته ؟
ج. ان محمد ﷺ بالاسم سيصتح الرسول القادم المخلص وليس المسيح عليه السلام وانه ليس ابن الله وانه رسول
A TWO THOUSAND
year-old Syrian Orthodox bible, believed to have been smuggled into the island from southeastern Turkey, has become the subject of major police operation in the north that has so far led to the arrest of nine suspects. The bible, estimated to be worth around €2 million, was seized during a raid at the Famagusta bus terminal last Friday where smugglers were seeking to sell it to buyers in the north. It is thought Turkish Cypriot police had been tipped off about the impending sale. Although the north’s ‘antiquities department’ refused yesterday to comment on the bible, because it was “the subject of an ongoing inquiry”, a statement from police said it was bound in deerskin, written in gold letters in the Syriac language, and believed to be around 2000 years old. The bible may have come from the heartland of the Syrian Orthodox community in southeastern Turkey, where a small community remains, despite often being caught in the crossfire between Kurdish rebels and the Turkish military. “It is very likely to come from the Tur-Abdin area of Turkey, where there is still a Syriac speaking community,” Dr Chalotte Roueche, professor of Late Antique and Byzantine Studies at King College, London told Reuters yesterday. In 1994, the British historian William Dalrymple wrote that the community “could die out within one generation”. However, conditions are reported to have improved in recent years with the Turkish government making efforts to protect religious minorities in the country. Roueche added, however, that it was impossible to say for sure whether the bible was either from that area, or whether it was as old as the Turkish Cypriot police thought. “The problem about this description is that a Syriac gospel-book could be from the 4th century, but it could date from several centuries after that, well into the middle ages. Indeed, I think that gospel books may still have been being written in Syriac then. Obviously the smugglers will have wanted to date it as ancient as possible,” Dr Roueche added. Police in the north believe that those arrested may have been involved in a wider antiquities smuggling operation after a Christian prayer statue and a carving of Christ were found in the Karpas village home of one of the suspects. Five sticks of dynamite were also found, which police believe were to be used for later excavations by the suspects. The individual believed to have smuggled the bible onto the island is still being sought. He and one other suspect fled from the scene of Friday’s raid, during which police fired warning shots. All nine suspects are being held in the north on charges of smuggling antiquities, carrying out illegal excavations and possession of explosives. The smuggling of antiquities from churches and ancient sites in the north has been an ongoing problem since the division of the island in 1974, but questions are being asked why such a valuable item would have been smuggled into the north from Turkey. Some reports said the bible may have been destined for a buyer in the south of the island.
The Vatican has allegedly issued an official request to examine a 1,500-year-old Bible that has been held in Turkey for the past 12 years,
the Hurriyet Daily News reports. The Bible reportedly contains early teachings of Jesus Christ and is written in gold lettering on animal hide in Syriac, a dialect of Aramaic, which was the native tongue of Jesus. According to a report by National Turk, the Bible was seized from a gang of smugglers in a Mediterranean-area operation. The report states the gang was charged with smuggling antiquities, illegal excavations, and the possession of explosives. Today’s Zaman reports that the Bible is under high security and that a Turkish daily newspaper, the Star, claims the book could be a copy of the Gospel of Barnabas — a controversial text which some claim is an addition to the original gospels — Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John — that was suppressed. In it, Jesus is said to have predicted the coming of the Prophet Muhammad. Due to its value as a cultural and religious artifact, even photocopies of the pages could be worth between 3 and 4 million Turkish Lira, or about 1,700,000 to 2,300,000 U.S. dollars. CORRECTION: A previous version of this article mischaracterized the status of the Gospel of Barnabas in various religious traditions. Also, the exchange value of the Turkish lira was initially miscalculated.
The former pope Benedict has claimed that his resignation in February was prompted by God, who told him to do it during a “mystical experience”.
Breaking his silence for the first time since he became the first pope to step down in 600 years, the 86-year-old reportedly said: “God told me to” when asked what had pushed him to retire to a secluded residence in the Vatican gardens.
Benedict denied he had been visited by an apparition or had heard God’s voice, but said he had undergone a “mystical experience” during which God had inspired in him an “absolute desire” to dedicate his life to prayer rather than push on as pope.
The German ex-pontiff’s comments, which are said to have been made a few weeks ago, were reported by the Catholic news agency Zenit, which did not name the person Benedict had spoken to.
A senior Vatican source said the report was reliable. “The report seems credible. It accurately explains the spiritual process that brought Benedict to resign,” he said.
Benedict said his mystical experience had lasted months, building his desire to create a direct and exclusive relationship with God. Now, after witnessing the “charisma” of his successor, Pope Francis, Benedict said he understood to a greater extent how his stepping aside was the “will of God”.
Benedict’s reported remarks contrast with the explanation he gave to cardinals when he announced his resignation on 11 February. “My strengths, due to an advanced age, are no longer suited to an adequate exercise of the Petrine ministry,” he said then.
At the time, a German journalist who had recently met Benedict reported he was going deaf, appeared to be blind in one eye, and was emaciated and “exhausted-looking”.
Speculation also grew that he was depressed after his trusted butler, Paolo Gabriele, was caught leaking his personal correspondence. Italian press reports have recently claimed he was frustrated by a network of influence built up at the Vatican by a pro-gay lobby of prelates.
Zenit reported that Benedict has stuck to his plan to live a life of secluded prayer, receiving very few visitors at his house in the Vatican’s gardens, which enjoys views across Rome to the Apennine mountains beyond.
“During these meetings, the ex-pontiff does not comment, does not reveal secrets, does not make statements that could be understood as ‘the words of the other pope’, but is as reserved as he has always been,” wrote Zenit.
After concerns were raised that Benedict would exert undue influence at the Vatican as his successor struggled to find his feet, Francis’s popular approach and his shakeup of Vatican protocols have relegated Benedict to the sidelines.
Francis has even joked about the situation, saying in July: “The last time there were two or three popes, they didn’t talk among themselves and they fought over who was the true pope!”
Having Benedict living in the Vatican, he added, “is like having a grandfather – a wise grandfather – living at home”.
Francis’s first encyclical, issued in July, was started by Benedict while he was in office and finished by his successor.
Benedict took his first day trip out of the Vatican on 18 August, walking in the gardens at the papal summer residence at Castel Gandolfo, outside Rome, where he stayed after his retirement while his new house was being refurbished. Benedict did not risk running into Francis, who has preferred to stay at his desk at the Vatican during the summer.
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