Lombardi confirmed the injury, but said ‘‘it was not relevant for the trip, in that it didn’t affect it, nor in the decision’’ to resign.
Benedict also fell and broke his right wrist in 2009 during a late-night fall in an unfamiliar bedroom at his Alpine vacation home.
The pope’s only public appearance Thursday was the meeting with the Roman priests, during which he offered a 45-minute lucid and often funny monologue about the Second Vatican Council.
Benedict was a young theological expert at Vatican II, the 1962-65 meetings that brought the Catholic Church into the modern world with important documents on the church’s relations with other religions, its place in the world and its liturgy.
Benedict has spent much of his eight-year pontificate seeking to correct what he considers the misinterpretation of Vatican II, insisting that it wasn’t a revolutionary break from the past as liberal Catholics paint it, but a renewal and a reawakening of the best traditions of the ancient church.
He drove that point home Thursday, blaming botched media reporting of the council’s deliberations for having reduced the work to ‘‘political power struggles between various currents in the church.’’
Because the media’s interpretation was more accessible than that of the council participants, that version fueled popular understanding of what the council was all about, Benedict said.
That led in the following years to ‘‘so many calamities, so many problems, really so many miseries: Seminaries that closed, convents that closed, the liturgy that was banalized,’’ he said.
In what will be one of his final public remarks as pope, Benedict said he hoped the ‘‘true council’’ will be understood.
‘‘Our job in this ‘Year of Faith’ is to work so that the true council, with the strength of the Holy Spirit, is truly realized and that the church is truly renovated,’’ he told the priests.
Daniela Petroff contributed to this report.
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