Pope Benedict To Become First Pontiff In 600 Years To Resign -- FOX News
In a sudden announcement that caught Catholics around the world off guard, Pope Benedict XVI said he will resign at the end of February, becoming the first pontiff to step down in nearly 600 years.
The 85-year-old pontiff made the announcement Monday, saying he no longer had the strength to carry out his papal duties.
"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," the pope said according to a statement released by the Vatican.
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More News On Reports That Pope Benedict XVI To Resign On February 28
Pope Benedict XVI to resign Live -- Reuters
Pope Benedict XVI resigns – live reaction -- The Guardian
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Pope Benedict XVI to step aside on Feb. 28, Vatican says -- NBC
Pope Benedict stepping down, cites poor health -- Reuters
Pope Benedict XVI to resign, citing age and waning energy -- Washington Post
Pope Benedict XVI Says He Will Resign -- New York Times
Pope Benedict XVI to Resign Papacy for Health Reasons -- Bloomberg Businessweek
Pope Benedict XVI's resignation explained -- CNN
My Comment: I am not a Catholic (I am Russian Orthodox), but I am sensitive to the power of faith. Many in the Western world may have walked away from the Church .... but this is not the case in Latin America, Africa, and Asia. The next Pope will be in a position to profoundly events in the world, and this why this blog will be following this news story very closely.