Former pope Benedict (L) is greeted by Pope Francis during a ceremony to mark his 65th anniversary of ordination to the priesthood at the Vatican June 28, 2016. Osservatore Romano/Handout via Reuters
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The book, called "The Last Conversations," is the first time in history that a former pope judges his own pontificate after it is over.Citing health reasons, Benedict in 2013 became the first pope in six centuries to resign. In the book, Benedict says he came to know of the presence of a "gay lobby" made up of four or five people who were seeking to influence Vatican decisions.Benedict resigned following a turbulent papacy that included the so-call "Vatileaks" case, in which his butler leaked some of his personal letters and other documents that alleged corruption and a power struggle in the Vatican.Anger over the dysfunctional state of the Vatican bureaucracy in 2013 was one factor in the cardinal electors' decision to choose a non-European pope for the first time in nearly 1,300 years.
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