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Pope accepts Resignation

In the history of the Church, there are five Popes who abdicated, by choice or by constraint:

Clement I, Pope Pontian, Benedict IX, Pope Celestine V and Gregory XII.

The last one was just Gregory XII in 1415.

Pope Clement I think that was exiled in AD 97 and, not being able to continue to lead the Church, he resigned. Famous was then the great refusal of Papa Celestine V, who abdicated in December 1294, after just four months in office and after becoming aware of the influence over the Angevin king Charles of Anjou.

The Code of Canon Law provides for the possibility of resignation. In fact, the canon 332, paragraph 2, reads as follows: “In the case that the Roman Pontiff resigns from his office, it is required for validity that the resignation is made freely and properly manifested, it is not necessary that it be accepted by anyone” .