FULL TEXT: Pope resignation announcement

2013-02-11 13:33

Rome - The following is the text of the speech that Pope Benedict delivered in Latin to members of a concistory, or church council, announcing his planned resignation on Monday. It was distributed by the Vatican in a statement:

"Dear Brothers,

I have convoked you to this Consistory, not only for the three canonisations, 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 recognise my incapacity to adequately fulfil 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."

  • jacques.walker.16 - 2013-02-11 13:43

    I bags the Popemobile!

      ciscavanwyk.wagner - 2013-02-11 22:52

      Jacques, you are so insensitief to the Roman Catholics, this to them is real importand.

  • makgale.makgalemele - 2013-02-11 15:41

    Oh, how I pray that the same wisdom befell our brothers in St. John Apostolic, Shembe, IPCC and all other African churches where current Leaders are deemed incapable. Let us all kneel and pray for African leaders not to die in positions. Be with us oh dear Lord, to know when to handover power to those whose capacity in serving Thy children will please Thee above and thine children!!!! AMEN

  • walter.rademeyer.5 - 2013-02-11 17:24

    If he is not the devil himself ,i dont know this chatolic church gives me the creeps,tanks God i am not involved with them ,how can one man be so powerful,how can one church rule the world,start wars ext.they are evil !

      michael.moolman.10 - 2013-02-11 17:49

      Hi there interesting opinon you have. I must say right off the bat, I cannot agree with your opening question, which I can safely assume is meant to be rhetorical (the first meaning not the second). Pope Benedict is a man just like you and I, elected democratically by the College of Cardinals summoned to the Vatican from all over the world. True, some parts of the elective process are secret,in that no one will ever know what votes are cast; very miuch like any normal election. I converted to Catholisim in 2003, my girlfriend followed in 2010. The best decisions we have made in our lives to date. Some friendly advice; fear and ignorance will enslave you.

  • michael.moolman.10 - 2013-02-11 17:30

    Honest self refelection; our Pope resigns with dignity befitting his position. A lesson for many leaders in influencial positions that are no longer able to execute duties entrusted to them.

  • Witchbladesa - 2013-02-11 19:17

    I have the utmost respect for Pope Benedict and wish him nothing but the best with his decision. It is a wise man that knows when to walk away.

  • ciscavanwyk.wagner - 2013-02-11 23:00

    Ons arme calvinistiese afrikaners sien alweer satan in die pous. Daar is soveel wonderlike christenmense in die Rooms Kaolieke kerk wat die Here liefhet. Wie is julle om n oordeel te fel ? Julle sal in die selfde mate veroordeel word. Vrees dit !

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