The topic of Pope Benedict XVI's resignation remains top-of-mind to millions of people, Catholics and non-Catholics alike. But many are still searching for a solid reason for the Pope's decision.
On Tuesday, the Vatican denied rumors that Benedict has bone cancer. Instead, officials say he underwent surgery to replace the battery in his pacemaker — and that was a key factor leading to his resignation.
The 85-year-old underwent the heart procedure three months ago, according to the Rev. Federico Lombardi. Lombardi, a Vatican spokesman, added that he believes the pacemaker was fitted on Benedict before he was elected pope nearly eight years ago. At that time, Benedict was still a cardinal.
Lombardi also said Benedict will keep all his appointments until Feb. 28, the date he announced that he will step down as pontiff. His last weekly general audience will be held Feb 27.
Lombardi said Benedict will depart at 8 p.m. on Feb 28 "because that is the day he normally finishes his work day."