Pope Benedict’s Announcement

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This morning, when I woke up, I had a text message waiting from my sister asking why Pope Benedict XVI was resigning.  It was the first I had heard of it, and I was upset, but not horribly surprised. The last few years, Midnight Mass at the Vatican has been held a few hours early due to his poor health. Apparently, the last few months, his health has become considerably worse, and after much prayer, he feels he is no longer able to lead us as he should.

Scott and I converted to Catholicism April 7, 2007, about 2 years after Benedict became Pope. He’s truly the only Pope we’ve ever had as Catholics, and he’s led us through the most remarkable journey. A few months ago, Pope Benedict rang in the Year of Faith, a time for us to renew our Baptismal promises, to return to the sacraments, to reignite our faith. Though our leader may be changing, let’s stay on the path he started for us, and continue to immerse ourselves in our faith.

It’s no coincidence that this announcement was made for Lourdes day, which is also the World Day of the Sick. Let us pray for Pope Benedict and all those who are suffering in sickness.

The full text of Pope Benedict’s announcement:

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.

–February 10, 2013 BENEDICTUS PP XVI

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