The unity of the Church is stronger than the internal conflicts, said Benedict XVI in an interview published in the Italian weekly of Corriere della Sera, on June 28, 2019, and taken up by the Vatican media.

“The unity of the Church has always been in danger, for centuries, stressed the Pope Emeritus. She has been so throughout her history. Wars, internal conflicts, threats of schisms.” However, “at the end, the awareness that the Church is and must remain united, has always prevailed,” he assured. “Her unity has always been stronger than the internal conflicts and wars”,” he added.

“There is only one Pope: Francis,” reminded Benedict XVI, while there are voices that regularly try to disassociate Pope Francis and his predecessor, who lives in retirement in the Mater Ecclesiae Monastery in the Vatican Gardens.

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