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Pope Benedict XVI resigns

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Pope Benedict XVI upon his election in 2005

Pope Benedict XVI upon his election in 2005

His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI has shocked the world by resigning from the papacy. This is the first time in 600 years a pope has resigned.

The pontiff and Head of State of the Holy See will step down on 28th February with the Vatican saying it expects to elect a new Pope before Easter.

The Pope is 85 years of age and it is his frailty which will see him leave his ministry. He told a meeting of cardinals at the Vatican this morning of his decision, saying in Latin:

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 spiriual nature, must be carried out not only by words and deeds but no less with prayer and suffering.

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Author: gavinmaclure

IT professional; political blogger, former Conservative councillor

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