BBC: Benedict XVI: 10 things about the Pope's retirement
6. Life in retirement Announcing his resignation, the Pope said he would spend his time praying for the Church. His elder brother, Monsignor Georg Ratzinger, has also said Benedict would be happy to advise his successor, if required. Writing and studying also seems likely to be on the agenda - Benedict had a library of 20,000 books installed in the papal apartments when he was elected in 2005. He also enjoys playing the piano and watching old black-and-white comedies - and he loves cats. At least one, Contessina, is known to live at Mater Ecclesiae.

The Pope ‘loves cats’.

I rest my case.

Richard Carter

A fat, bearded chap with a Charles Darwin fixation.


  1. I agree that this is one of the few valid reasons for antipathy toward cats, but I'm yet to be convinced.

    I bet there's an entry in a diary somewhere saying how much Darwin loved cats - that'll put you in a fix!

  2. One of his theories was that we are all descended from cats, except that we lost the urge to bury our own shit!

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