February 12, 2012 (Romereports.com) On July 2010, Benedict XVI prayed before the relics of Pope Celestine V, one of three other Popes that resigned before him. His visit came after meeting with young people at Sulmona Cathedral.
Benedict XVI emphasized the somber life of Celestine V, and his disregard for material things. The Pope compared him to the consumer-driven society today.
“So it was Saint Celestine V. He know how to act according to his conscience, in obedience to God, and therefore without fear and with great courage. Even in difficult moments, as the ones from his brief pontificate, he never feared losing his dignity, knowing that it was full of truth."
The Pope also highlighted his silent attitude in search of God's help to find his voice.
Today, more than two years later, Benedict XVI followed his example and resigned as Pope.