Pope says Benedict XVI should return to Church life
Abdicated pontiff 'not a museum piece, but an institution'05 March, 13:59
The former archbishop of Buenos Aires likened Benedict's current role to that of grandparents within a family.
"They strengthen families and don't deserve to finish their lives in a rest home," he said. When Benedict became the first pope to voluntarily abdicate in over 700 years, he moved into a home on the Vatican grounds and swore he would remain "hidden from the world" so as not to create confusion regarding leadership of the world's 1.2 billion Catholics. But in a rare break from that vow, the retired pope made a public appearance two weeks ago at a ceremony led by Francis in St. Peter's Basilica to appoint new cardinals.