Joseph Ratzinger, Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI, turns 90 this Easter Sunday, the same age of his predecessor, Gregory XII, when he died in 1417, two years after abdicating the papacy in order to heal the ruptures of the Great Western Schism. Benedict XVI presided over no schism in 2013, but the last four years—beginning with his own stunning retirement—have proven so dramatic no scenarist, from Dan Brown o Francis Coppola have ever dared attempt such a plot.

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