Benedict XVI Is the First Pope To Resign in 600 Years

Pope Benedict XVI announced today that he will step down from the papacy at the end of the month, citing his age and poor heath. He is the first pope to resign since Gregory XII did roughly six centuries ago.

VATICAN CITY – Catholic faithful in St Peter’s Square reacted amazement and emotion

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Text And Video Of Pope Benedict XVI’s Resignation Announcement

Pope Benedict XVI’s “declaration” announcing his resignation, as translated by the Vatican:

"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 prayers."God Bless you all.
Video of Pope’s Resignation Announcement:
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  8. kiran says:

    pope’s resignation should be viewed in positive aspects..it’s a humble gesture.

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  11. shane says:

    it’s a sincere decision by a decent person.

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  13. Raymon Gotham says:

    I think from now on we’ll see this gesture of Benedict XVI be followed by other pope’s in future..
    It was a decent move.

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  18. In 1798 Napoleon arrested Pius VI and took Rome. Since 1798 we have had 7 Papal name’s. 1. Pius 2. Leo 3. Benedict 4. Gregory 5. John 6. Paul 7 John Paul.
    Verse 11 of Revelation 17 the next Papal name after John Paul is suddenly out of order The beast that was, and is not even (also applies) is the 8th. This is saying Benedict “was” 2005-2013″ “is not” NO POPE, notice arrest warrants and take over of Vatican banks end of March. “yet is” returns to power, and name change.Antichrist is a word almost too simple, if that’s what it describes.I must say that if this is so, we live in a world crowded of Antichrists.It is said that the emperor Nero and Hitler were his precursorie.What had in common? The suberbia,they believed to be a God, were involved in the occult, one sought to exterminate Christians and the other Jews.I firmly believe that the prayer of each can change a lot. So I think that is pointless to do forecasting of the future

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