Pope calls for sober lifestyle as he pays homage to Celestine V, hermit pope who resigned

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Pope Benedict XVI traveled to a central Italian town Sunday to pay homage to Celestine V, saying the simple lifestyle of the 13th-century hermit who resigned the papacy can serve as an example for modern men and women.

Benedict praised his predecessor for his detachment from material things such as money and clothes.

Celestine V assumed the papacy in 1294 at age 85 and resigned five months later, saying he was not up to the task. He was later put under guard for fear he would become the rallying point for a schism....

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