Vatican rules out encyclical before pope steps down
Document on faith remains 'awaited', Father Lombardi says12 February, 16:28
''(The encyclical on faith) will not be published before the end of the month, it was not in a state to be made public,'' said Vatican press director Father Federico Lombardi. ''It remains an awaited document but one that we will not have in the way we expected, perhaps we will have it in a different way,'' he continued. The encyclical was to be Pope Benedict's fourth, after Deus Caritas Est (God Is Love), published in 2006, Spe Salvi (Saved in Hope), in 2007, and Caritas in Veritate (Charity in Truth), in 2009.
The pope said Monday he would leave office on 28 February at 8pm local time.