Monday, February 11, 2013

Pope Benedict XVI Resignation: 7 Expert Picks for the Next Pontiff

The below is the official Vatican translation of what the pope said today regarding his resignation.
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.
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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.
From the Vatican, 10 February 2013 BENEDICTUS PP XVI

Transcript for Pope Benedict to Resign, Vatican Says

This is NB BC news special report. Good morning I'm George Stephanopoulos in New York -- -- coming on the air right now because Pope Benedict the sixteenth is resigning on February 28 that was announced by the Vatican. Just moments ago.
He'll resign after which when he -- the Pope saying himself. At a meeting for the edification -- in -- that he had been edification saying it's the -- the Pope has been. Pope since April 2005.
Is actually best security in May of 2005 after the death of Pope John Paul the second. He is the first -- Who will be resigning in more than almost 500 years Pope Gregory the last Pope. To resign in 1415.
The leader of the world's more than one billion Catholics. Will be stepping down on February 28 that announcement from the Vatican this morning we have much more ahead. On Good Morning America.

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