Or to put it in Seilles’s own words: “Newborns and adults will rebuild the whole planet by mistake. Each time they fart they release a sculptural form, carrying traces of the old world. It comes from an impulse to illustrate a physical demonstration of buildings: the narration, the décors, the collabortive frame.”
Benedict, elected pope in 2005, is the first leader of the Roman Catholic Church to step down voluntarily since Celestine V in 1294. His departure sets the stage for a conclave of 115 cardinals next month at which a successor will be chosen to lead the 1.2bn-member Church.
“I took this step in full awareness of its gravity and rarity, but also with profound serenity of spirit,” the pope told the crowd, estimated by the Holy See at 150,000, much larger than the 50,000 allocated tickets for what was his last general audience. [FT]