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Pope Benedict XVI announces resignation
February 11, 2013

This morning, Pope Benedict XVI announced his plans to resign from the papal office on Feb. 28, 2013. The full text of his declaration is below:

Dear Brothers,

I have convoked you to this Consistory, not only for the three canonizations, but also to communicate to you a decision of great importance for the life of the Church. After having repeatedly examined my conscience before God, I have come to the certainty that my strengths, due to an advanced age, are no longer suited to an adequate exercise of the Petrine ministry. I am well aware that this ministry, due to its essential spiritual nature, must be carried out not only with words and deeds, but no less with prayer and suffering. However, in today's world, subject to so many rapid changes and shaken by questions of deep relevance for the life of faith, in order to govern the barque of Saint Peter and proclaim the Gospel, both strength of mind and body are necessary, strength which in the last few months, has deteriorated in me to the extent that I have had to recognize my incapacity to adequately fulfill the ministry entrusted to me. For this reason, and well aware of the seriousness of this act, with full freedom I declare that I renounce the ministry of Bishop of Rome, Successor of Saint Peter, entrusted to me by the Cardinals on 19 April 2005, in such a way, that as from 28 February 2013, at 20:00 hours, the See of Rome, the See of Saint Peter, will be vacant and a Conclave to elect the new Supreme Pontiff will have to be convoked by those whose competence it is. Dear Brothers, I thank you most sincerely for all the love and work with which you have supported me in my ministry and I ask pardon for all my defects. And now, let us entrust the Holy Church to the care of Our Supreme Pastor, Our Lord Jesus Christ, and implore his holy Mother Mary, so that she may assist the Cardinal Fathers with her maternal solicitude, in electing a new Supreme Pontiff. With regard to myself, I wish to also devotedly serve the Holy Church of God in the future through a life dedicated to prayer.

Listen to the Holy Father make the announcement.

Source: Vatican Radio
By Vatican News, news.va
Comments: 2
Tags: Pope Benedict XVI, resignation

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Posted by Theresa Bramanti 2/13/2013 7:55:02 AM
The Holy Father, Benedict XVI was just that, a holy father. While not as charismatic as his immediate predecessor he did share his important traits; humility and great generosity of self. May God grant him peace in his retirement.

Posted by Theresa Bramanti 2/12/2013 8:07:57 AM
This Holy Father was just that, a holy father, free from personal ambition. While he didn't have the charisma of his predecessor he most certainly had a similar generosity of self, serving in however he was asked to served. I'm sure his future prayer life will bring many blessings to our Church. May the Lord grant him peace in his retirement.


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