Pope Benedict XVI announces his resignation at end of month, full text of Pope's declaration

Read Pope Benedict XVI's announcement
by Benedictus PP. XVI | Source: www.news.va/en/news/

2013-02-11 Vatican Radio

Pope Benedict XVI on Monday said he plans on resigning the papal office on February 28th. Below please find his announcement.

Full text of Pope's declaration

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.

From the Vatican, 10 February 2013


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Published by: Clive jonas
Date: 2013-02-11 22:27:18
How admirable, how humble of the Holy Pontif,he may be weak in bodily strength but he is super strong in character, cuase it is only a man of character that can do what he did....to step back for the best interest of his flock and the Church. May Almighty God bless him..

Published by: Eunice
Date: 2013-02-11 14:43:19
Moving! Tears fell down from my eyes! I love him very much however, he did the right thing at the right moment. His heart is tired! Thanks for loving us that much! This world is full of hedonism and materialism, "God knows best." Praying for him immensely! Eunice Lozano

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