Monday, February 11, 2013

Pope Benedict XVI Says He Will Resign

Pope Benedict XVI Says He Will Resign

Sad over the news that the Pope will be resigning effective February 28, 2013 because of advanced age. This is the first time that I have heard of a Pope who will be resigning… Sad. Cardinals are saying that before Easter we will have a new Pope. According to news, the cardinals will be meeting after the resignation to choose a new leader for the Church.

"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," the pope said, according to the Vatican.
After his resignation, Benedict, 85, will probably retire to a monastery and devote himself to a life of reflection and prayer, he said. He will not be involved in choosing a new pope or in guiding the church after his resignation, Lombardi said.
Benedict was born Joseph Ratzinger on April 16, 1927, in Marktl Am Inn, Bavaria, a heavily Catholic region of Germany.
He is the sixth German to serve as pope and the first since the 11th century.
God Speed to Pope Benedict XVI...

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