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The Truth Behind the Pope Benedict XVI Resignation: Open Wide the Doors to Christ
Contact: Nick Thomm, 734-930-3164, 734-277-0693, nthomm@avemariaradio.net

ST. CLAIR SHORES, Mich., Feb. 27, 2014 /Christian Newswire/ -- In light of this week's one-year anniversary of Pope Benedict XVI's resignation on February 28th, two nationally-syndicated Catholic talk show hosts respond to rumors that the former pope did not vacate the Chair of St. Peter of his own volition. They concur that the Pope-emeritus knew well what is required for full-time evangelization and if he was able to handle the physical, emotional, and spiritual demands. They both recall the pontiff repeatedly expressing how his physical limitations were hindering his efforts to open wide new doors to Christ. Benedict XVI recognized the necessary changes needed at the Vatican, which he admitted would be much better served by a younger, stronger Pope.

The pontiff recently announced in a letter to an Italian journalist -- that these speculations about his resignation are "simply absurd."

"Benedict XVI's humility in stepping down serves as a great example for all Christians. He made the decision to resign on his own after much prayer and discernment and is pleased to be able to serve the Church and her flock through daily prayer and his strong friendship with Pope Francis," says Teresa Tomeo, an expert on faith, culture, media influence and activism. With more than 30 years of experience in TV, radio and newspaper, Tomeo also serves as the weekday host of the nationally syndicated radio program "Catholic Connection," and can provide commentary on this historic resignation in light of the media coverage, as well offer insight on how it affects every day Christians.

Al Kresta is a high-profile convert to Catholicism with an encyclopedic knowledge of Catholic doctrine and Church teaching. He states "The resignation of a Pope for the first time in 600 years signaled more than just a tired Pope. It opened the door to new ways of being Catholic." As a weekday host of "Kresta in the Afternoon" and author of "Dangers to the Faith: Catholicism's 21st-Century Opponents," Kresta states, "Rumors that continue to swirl from the media, even a year after Pope Benedict's resignation, shows a continued lack of understanding. The Church risks its central message and generates needless confusion conjured up by unscrupulous provocateurs and gossip mongers." Kresta can provide reasoned and insightful commentary on the decision by Pope Benedict and its impact on Catholics and the Church around the world.

Tomeo and Kresta are available for interviews, and studio-to-studio audio links can also be arranged.