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« on: February 11, 2013, 09:16:17 AM »

Pope Benedict to become first pontiff in 600 years to resign

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.

Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/world/2013/02/11/pope-benedict-xvi-to-resign-at-end-february/#ixzz2KbE8Y9QD


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« Reply #1 on: February 11, 2013, 11:39:22 AM »

Pope's mission to revive faith clouded by scandal
By NICOLE WINFIELD | Associated Press – 2 hrs 40 mins ago

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Benedict XVI always cast himself as the reluctant pope, a shy bookworm who preferred solitary walks in the Alps to the public glare and the majesty of Vatican pageantry. And on Monday, the Vatican announced that the leader of the world's billion Roman Catholics was stepping down — the first pontiff to do so since 1415. ::snipping2::

Over the course of just a few months in 2010, thousands of people in Europe, Australia, South America and beyond came forward with reports of priests who raped and molested them as children, and bishops who covered up the crimes.
Documents revealed that the Vatican knew well of the problem yet turned a blind eye for decades, at times rebuffing bishops who tried to do the right thing.
Benedict had firsthand knowledge of the scope of the problem since his old office, the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith which he had headed since 1982, was responsible for dealing with abuse cases. ::snipping2::

http://news.yahoo.com/popes-mission-revive-faith-clouded-scandal-134811412.html
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« Reply #2 on: February 11, 2013, 08:34:35 PM »

I give him a lot of credit -- others in his position haven't been willing to resign.
Blessings to him.
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« Reply #3 on: February 11, 2013, 09:52:20 PM »

Video of press conference with Cardinal Timothy Dolan of New York at link

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424127887324880504578297543433266804.html

Updated February 11, 2013, 7:59 p.m. ET.
Pope Resigns in Historic Move

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The 85-year-old pope, who before his 2005 election was Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, announced the decision to step down in a speech in Latin Monday to a small group of cardinals, saying he no longer had the vitality to perform his duties. Only two top Vatican cardinals were informed beforehand about the historic announcement, which quickly ricocheted around the world.
 
"His fidelity to maintaining the truth and clarity of the Catholic faith, to cultivating ecumenical and interfaith dialogue and in reaching out to inspire the next generation of Catholics have been great gifts to us all," said Boston Cardinal Sean Patrick O'Malley.
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« Reply #4 on: February 11, 2013, 10:03:31 PM »

Four videos at link:
  New York Cardinal Timothy Dolan
  Cardinal Wuerth of Washington
  Pope Benedict XVI Resigns
  Georgetown Dean on Resignation

http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/europe/pope-benedict-xvi-to-resign-at-end-of-the-month/2013/02/11/64464db3-eaa4-4ecb-b320-e58840765cc4_video.html

Pope Benedict XVI to resign at end of the month
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« Reply #5 on: February 11, 2013, 10:11:50 PM »

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2276884/Pope-Benedict-XVI-resigns-First-Pontiff-600-years-stand-longer-strength-carry-on.html#axzz2Kd94cYlD

A signal from above? Lightning hits St Peter's hours after Pope Benedict stuns cardinals with first resignation in 600 years
PUBLISHED:06:01 EST, 11 February 2013| UPDATED: 17:44 EST, 11 February 2013

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POPE BENEDICT'S RESIGNATION STATEMENT IN FULL
 
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.
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« Reply #6 on: February 12, 2013, 12:40:50 AM »

http://abcnews.go.com/International/pope-benedict-xvi-resignation-expert-picks-pontiff/story?id=18466161#

Pope Benedict XVI Resignation: 7 Expert Picks for the Next Pontiff
Feb. 11, 2013

With 1 billion Catholics worldwide, the face of the church is changing.

It's something the cardinal electors may keep in mind when the conclave to elect a new pontiff begins in late March, said Matthew Bunson, general editor of the Catholic Almanac and author of "We Have a Pope! Benedict XVI."
 
RELATED: Pope Benedict XVI Resigns: The Statement

The 117 cardinals who are eligible to vote for the new pontiff hail from approximately 50 different countries, and they almost always elect one of their own.
 
Joseph Ratzinger, an intellectual and respected cardinal from Germany, was the frontrunner for the papacy in 2005, Bunson said. When elected, he became Pope Benedict XVI.
 
This year, there are no strong favorites.

"The door, in a way, is very much open," Bunson said.

FULL COVERAGE: Pope Benedict XVI Resignation

Here's a quick look at some of the possible picks for pope:
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« Reply #7 on: February 12, 2013, 02:08:03 AM »

http://www.catholicnews.com/data/stories/cns/1300575.htm

Feb-11-2013
Pope Benedict's resignation will set in motion period of transition

By Catholic News Service

VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- While the surprise resignation of Pope Benedict XVI is a first for the church in centuries, it also leads to a complicated period of transition that ends in the election of a new pope.

Regulated by ancient traditions and recent rules, the period between popes -- known by the Latin term "interregnum" -- will begin exactly at 8 p.m. Rome time Feb. 28, a date and time Pope Benedict stipulated in a declaration he made Feb. 11 for when the See of Rome and the See of St. Peter will be vacant.

Normally the interregnum begins with a pope's death and is followed by a period of mourning.

This time the pope will resign from his ministry and spend a short period of prayer and reflection at the papal summer villa in Castel Gandolfo, south of Rome, before moving to a monastery at the Vatican.

The rules governing the interregnum are matters of church law, not dogma.

The apostolic constitution "Universi Dominici Gregis" confirms that as long as the Holy See is vacant, the universal church is governed by the College of Cardinals, which cannot, however, make decisions normally reserved to the pope. Such matters must be postponed until the new pope is elected.

Until there is a pope, the Roman Curia -- the Vatican's network of administrative offices -- loses most of its cardinal supervisors and cannot handle any new business.
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« Reply #8 on: February 12, 2013, 11:51:41 AM »

Video at link

http://abcnews.go.com/International/pope-benedict-xvi-pacemaker-surgery-months-ago/story?id=18474974

Pope Benedict XVI Had Pacemaker Surgery Three Months Ago
Feb. 12, 2013

The Vatican today denied rumors that Pope Benedict XVI has bone cancer and that recent surgery to replace the battery in his pacemaker contributed to his decision to resign from office.

Benedict underwent the heart procedure three months ago, Vatican spokesman the Rev. Federico Lombardi said today, adding that he believes the pacemaker was fitted on Benedict before he was elected pope nearly eight years ago, while he was a cardinal.
 
"[It was] not a serious operation, just normal routine. [The surgery] had nothing to do with his decision," Lombardi said.
 
FULL COVERAGE: Pope Benedict XVI Resignation

Lombardi also said Benedict will keep all his appointments until Feb. 28, the date he announced that he will step down as pontiff. His last weekly general audience will be held Feb 27.
 
Lombardi said Benedict will depart at 8 p.m. Feb 28 "because that is the day he normally finishes his work day."

Vatican spokesman Greg Burke also discussed the heart operation during an interview with "Good Morning America" today.
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« Reply #9 on: February 12, 2013, 01:32:49 PM »

Thanks for these updates grace-land.
I admire the Pope's decision after prayer with God and not the feelings of people.
We must also answer to and be accountable to God first.
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« Reply #10 on: February 13, 2013, 12:57:43 PM »

Thanks for these updates grace-land.
I admire the Pope's decision after prayer with God and not the feelings of people.
We must also answer to and be accountable to God first.
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You're welcome, Sister.  Agree with all you said...but it's a sad day.  Sad
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« Reply #11 on: February 13, 2013, 01:02:18 PM »

http://www.oregonlive.com/today/index.ssf/2013/02/pope_benedict_xvi_resignation_8.html

Pope Benedict XVI resignation: He says he's resigning for the 'good of the church'
on February 13, 2013 at 7:04 AM, updated February 13, 2013 at 7:56 AM



VATICAN CITY — Pope Benedict XVI told thousands of faithful Wednesday that he was resigning for "the good of the church" — an extraordinary scene of a pope explaining himself to his flock that unfolded in his first appearance since dropping the bombshell announcement.

Looking tired but serene, the 85-year-old Benedict basked in a standing ovation when he entered the packed hall for his traditional Wednesday catechism lesson. His speech was interrupted repeatedly by applause, and many in the audience of thousands had tears in their eyes.

A huge banner reading "Grazie Santita" (Thank you Your Holiness) was strung up at the back of the room.

Benedict appeared wan and spoke very softly, but his eyes twinkled at the flock's warm and heartfelt welcome. He repeated in Italian what he had told his cardinals Monday in Latin: that he simply didn't have the strength to continue.

"As you know, I have decided to renounce the ministry that the Lord gave to me on April 19, 2005," he said, to applause. "I did this in full liberty for the good of the church."
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« Reply #12 on: February 13, 2013, 01:14:59 PM »

Video at link

http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/world/2013/02/13/pope-benedict-public-appearance/1915743/

Pope Benedict: Resigning for 'good of the church'
11:14a.m. EST February 13, 2013
Pope Benedict XVI makes his first public appearance since announcing his resignation.
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« Reply #13 on: February 13, 2013, 01:34:52 PM »

http://www.catholicnewsagency.com/news/pope-i-can-almost-physically-feel-the-prayers-and-love-for-me/

Pope: I can 'almost physically' feel prayers and love
Vatican City, Feb 13, 2013 / 03:45 am

(CNA/EWTN News).- Two days after saying he will resign, Pope Benedict XVI said that he has been able to feel, “almost physically,” the prayers and love that have been poured out for him.

“I have felt, almost physically, your prayers in these days which are not easy for me, the strength which the love of the Church and your prayers brings to me,” he said at the beginning of his weekly general audience.

“Continue to pray for me and for the future Pope, the Lord will guide us!" he told the thousands of pilgrims.

 The outpouring of support for Pope Benedict was evident from the moment he stepped onto the stage in Paul VI Hall. He was met with sustained applause when he began his remarks and had to pause until it subsided.

“Thank you for your kindness,” he responded as he resumed.

“I decided to resign from the ministry that the Lord had entrusted me on April 19, 2005. I did this in full freedom” the Pope stressed, adding that he made the decision “for the good of the Church after having prayed at length and examined my conscience before God, well aware of the gravity of this act.”
 
The Pope reiterated his official statement of resignation by saying that he was “also well aware that I was no longer able to fulfill the Petrine ministry with that strength that it demands.”

 “What sustains and illuminates me is the certainty that the Church belongs to Christ whose care and guidance will never be lacking.

“I thank you all for the love and prayer with which you have accompanied me.”
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« Reply #15 on: February 13, 2013, 03:07:46 PM »

http://newsfeed.time.com/2013/02/13/lightning-strikes-st-peters-basilica-the-day-pope-benedict-xvi-resigns/

Lightning Strikes St. Peter’s Basilica the Day Pope Benedict XVI Resigns
Feb. 13, 2013

Is it a sign from God or a massively impressive display of the force of nature?

While that answer may depend on your own theology, there’s no doubt that Agence France Presse photographer ‘s Filippo Monteforte picture of lightning set against St. Peter’s Basilica on Feb. 11 – the same day Pope Benedict XVI resigned – is spectacular in its own right. Monteforte had his camera trained on the building in Vatican City when the clouds seemed to part as a single bolt of lightning happened to strike the holy structure.

According to Monteforte himself, the fortuitous picture was the result of a lot of guesswork and included a severe display of patience as he waited for more than two hours for an opportune shot:

I took the picture from St. Peter’s Square while sheltered by the columns. It was icy cold and the rain was falling in sheets. When the storm started, I thought that lightning might strike the rod, so I decided it was worth seeing whether – if it DID strike – I could get the shot at exactly the right moment… The first bolt was huge and lit up the sky, but unfortunately I missed it. I had better luck the second time, and was able to snap a couple of images of the dome illuminated by the bolt.
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« Reply #16 on: February 13, 2013, 03:16:51 PM »

http://www.newsday.com/news/nation/pope-benedict-xvi-celebrates-last-public-mass-as-pontiff-1.4640520

Pope Benedict XVI celebrates last public Mass as pontiff
Published: February 13, 2013 2:00 PM


Photo credit: AP | Pope Benedict XVI greets the faithful at the end of the Ash Wednesday mass in St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican on Wednesday. Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of Lent, a solemn period of 40 days of prayer and self-denial leading up to Easter. Pope Benedict XVI told thousands of faithful Wednesday that he was resigning for "the good of the church", an extraordinary scene of a pope explaining himself to his flock that unfolded in his first appearance since dropping the bombshell announcement. (Feb. 13, 2013)

Starting his public farewell to his flock, a weary Pope Benedict XVI celebrated his final public Mass as pontiff, presiding over Ash Wednesday services hours after a bittersweet audience that produced the extraordinary scene of the pope explaining his decision to step down directly to the faithful.

The mood inside St. Peter's Basilica was somber during the Mass, as if the weight of Benedict's decision and the finality of his pontificate had finally registered with the thousands of faithful present. But the basilica erupted in a rousing, minutes-long standing ovation as Benedict exited for the last time as pope, bringing tears to the eyes of some of his closest collaborators.

"We wouldn't be sincere, Your Holiness, if we didn't tell you that there's a veil of sadness on our hearts this evening," Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, Benedict's longtime deputy, told the pope at the end of the service, his voice breaking.

"Thank you for having given us the luminous example of the simple and humble worker in the vineyard of the Lord," Bertone said, quoting Benedict's own words when he first appeared on the loggia overlooking St. Peter's Square after he was elected pope.

"Viva il papa!" the crowd yelled as Benedict stepped off the altar.
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« Reply #17 on: February 13, 2013, 08:18:05 PM »

http://www.catholicnewsagency.com/news/vatican-releases-schedule-for-popes-final-days/

Vatican releases schedule for Pope's final days
Vatican City, Feb 13, 2013 / 06:05 am

(CNA/EWTN News).- The last days of Pope Benedict XVI will include three public appearances, a meeting with the priests of Rome, Lenten spiritual exercises, and audiences with politicians and cardinals.
 
Vatican spokesman Father Federico Lombardi detailed the final events of the Pope’s schedule for the press at a Feb. 13 meeting.
 
The first event on the list is Ash Wednesday Mass this evening in St. Peter’s Basilica, which will be his final concelebration of the liturgy.
 
It was originally slated to take place at Santa Sabina Basilica on Rome’s Aventine Hill in keeping with tradition, but the timing of the Pope’s announcement dictated that the Mass will take place in St. Peter’s.
 
On Thursday, Pope Benedict will meet in Paul VI Hall with the clergy of the Diocese of Rome and reflect on the Second Vatican Council.
 
Three politicians will have the chance to meet with the Pope before he leaves office. The president of Romania will be received on Feb. 15, while Guatemala’s president and the Italian Senator Mario Monti will be granted audiences on Feb. 16.
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« Reply #18 on: February 13, 2013, 08:31:04 PM »

http://www.cnn.com/2013/02/11/world/europe/pope-resignation-q-and-a/index.html

Pope Benedict XVI's resignation explained
updated 11:06 AM EST, Tue February 12, 2013

(CNN) -- In an unexpected move, Pope Benedict XVI -- born Joseph Ratzinger -- has announced that he is to resign. Benedict was elected pope in 2005 after the death of Pope John Paul II. We explore what the surprise announcement means for the Catholic Church.
 
Why has Pope Benedict XVI resigned?
 
In his statement, Pope Benedict -- who turns 86 in April -- said he had come to the certainty "that my strengths, due to an advanced age, are no longer suited to an adequate exercise of the Petrine ministry."
 
Vatican spokesman the Rev. Federico Lombardi said Pope Benedict had the right and potentially the duty to resign.
 
But he stressed that the pope's decision was not because of any external pressure.
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What will Pope Benedict be known as once he has stepped down as pope?
 
According to the Catholic Bishops' Conference of England and Wales, Pope Benedict will return to being known as Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger. It said he would be addressed as his eminence or Cardinal Ratzinger.
 
However, Lombardi later told reporters it was hard to imagine that the pope would be called a cardinal.
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http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-18563_162-57569293/pope-benedict-xvi-appears-at-final-public-mass/

February 13, 2013 7:39 PM
Pope Benedict XVI appears at final public mass

(CBS News) VATICAN CITY -- Once Pope Benedict XVI leaves office, his new title will be "Bishop Emeritus of Rome." On Ash Wednesday, Benedict explained his decision to retire, saying, "I am no longer capable of carrying out Peter's ministry with the strength needed." At St. Peter's Basilica, the public said farewell to a pope.
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