Agence France-PresseFebruary 28, 2013 08:16
The shy, retiring Pope Benedict XVI has much in common with 13th-century "humble hermit" Celestine V who quit the papacy after only five months, fed up with Vatican machinations.
Celestine set a precedent for Benedict as the only other pope to resign of his own free will, as well as one who accepted the job with great reluctance.
"I asked myself, where will I find the knowledge, the wisdom and the experience that I lack? Whom can I trust in the Roman Curia?" he asked, according to historian Ignazio Silone.