Pope Benedict’s final Mass before the announcement of his resignation occurred on the feast of the Presentation. In the closing moments, as Pope Benedict venerated the altar after the 'ite missa est', something happened that I’m surprised hasn't been commented upon.
Pope Benedict loses his grip of the processional cross. It plummets, but is thankfully caught by Msgr Marini. A simple human action, but one open to mis-interpretation ?
Perhaps Stanisław Dziwisz might have something to say in the light of his comments about Pope John Paul II carrying his cross to the end ?