The Pope resigns from the papacy that the original statement

The-Pope-resigns-from-the-papacy-that-the-original-statement-1News The Pope resigns from the papacy that the original statement Repeatedly Examined After my conscience, before God “I leave for the good of the Church”




















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 importan
ce for the life of the Church. After having
repeatedly examined my conscience before God, I
have come to the certainty that my strengths,
The-Pope-resigns-from-the-papacy-that-the-original-statement-3due 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 essen
tial spiritual nature, must be carried out not only

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with words and deeds, but no le
ss 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 procla
im the Gospel, both strength of mind and body are
necessary, strength which in the last few months, ha
s deteriorated in me to the extent that I have
had to recognize my incapacity to adequately fulf
ill 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 Febr
uary 2013, at 20:00 hours, the See of Rome, the
The-Pope-resigns-from-the-papacy-that-the-original-statement-4See 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

Pope Benedict XVI farewell You can continue in health, all your days.