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Colombian Cardinal Dario Castrillon Hoyos, a longtime Vatican official, died early May 18 in Rome at the age of 88.
Blessed Paul VI had written to the dean of the College of Cardinals saying if he become seriously ill or impeded from exercising his ministry, top cardinals in Rome should accept his resignation.
In his writings on faith and politics, retired Pope Benedict XVI insisted that humans are free to the extent to which they acknowledge being dependent on the love of God, Pope Francis wrote.
Retired Pope Benedict XVI had a "peaceful and familial" 91st birthday April 16, celebrating with his 94-year-old brother, Msgr. Georg Ratzinger, who was visiting from Germany, the Vatican said.