The Vatican has confirmed that St. Peter’s Basilica was struck by lightning TWICE after Pope Benedict XVI resigned on February 28th. Watch the BBC video on You Tube.
Pope Benedict XVI was born Joseph Aloisius Ratzinger in Germany on 16 April 1927 in Germany and was the 265th pope, a position in which he served dual roles as Sovereign of the Vatican City State and leader of the Catholic Church.
Benedict XVI was elected on 19 April 2005 in a papal conclave, and celebrated his Papal Inauguration Mass on 24 April 2005. He announced his resignation as Pope on February 11th, 2013, because of “lack of strength of mind and body”. He will become the first pope to resign since Pope Gregory XII in 1415, and the first to do so voluntarily since Pope Celestine V in 1294.
Pope Benedict XVI is expected to move in to the newly renovated Mater Ecclesiae monastery for his retirement. Ratzinger chose the pontifical name Benedict, which comes from the Latin word meaning “the blessed”, in honour of both Pope Benedict XV and Saint Benedict of Nursia, founder of the Benedictine Order, of which the Olivetans are one branch.
The symbol for the Benedictines is the Olive. The 111th prophetic Latin phrase which St. Malachy described for Pope Benedict is ” Gloria olivae” (the glory of the olive). Pope Benedict XVI travelled to Israel in 2006 after becoming Pope and helped the former President of Israel plant an olive tree. Pope Benedict XVI is the 2nd to last Pope mentioned in the Malachy Prophecy.