Pope’s resignation - Togolese Catholic faithfuls say they are not 'upset' by the sudden resignation of Pope Benedict XVI, according to Bertin Agbobly Atayi, the Vicar General of the Archdiocese of Lomé, the Togolese capital.
Atayi, a former professor of history at the University of Lomé, said 'news of the Pope is always welcome even if this one relating to his resignation has broken with a tradition of over 600 years.'
'The Pope's resignation was not an event in Togo. We were surprised, astonished, but reassured because he did something eminently modern whereas he is depicted as a Conservative. His act is consistent with the contemporary world and he has rendered a great service to the church,' Atayi said in an interview with PANA.
According to the Vicar General, Pope Benedict XVI will go down in history as a contemporary Pope who had the courage to give up his office.
Contrary to tradition, Pope Benedict XVI on Monday indicated that he will resign on 28 February due to ill health.