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Pope To Resign

11 Feb 2013 

Pope Benedict XVI on Monday announced he plans on resigning the papal office on February 28th.

He will become the first pontiff to do so in 600 years.

In his declaration released by the Vatican today, he states that he feels he is of an age where he can no longer continue in his position and give 100%. 

The German born pope was installed in 2005, and there has been speculation for several months over his health, with rumors that he suffers from Parkinson's disease.

There is no modern precedent for a pope to resign; as with monarchs, they are supposed to be in office until death. 

Full text of Pope's declaration

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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 bark 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.

Diminishing Strength

Weakness and Vatican Intrigues Plagued Pope

Benedict XVI has claimed failing health for his decision to step down from the papacy. But ongoing power struggles and intrigue in the Vatican likely also played a role. The search for a successor could prove challenging. 


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olof svensson said...

hope the new pope is better for philippines now your country is one of two in the whole world where divorce isnt prohibited!!!!!

Posted 11 Feb 2013 01:26 PM | Reply to this comment

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