Pope Benedict XVI’s resignation takes effect on February 28, first pontiff to resign in 6 centuries

Jean-Louis de la Vaissierre of Agence France-Presse (AFP), via ABS-CBNNews.com, reports that on Monday, February 11, "Pope Benedict XVI announced that he will resign because of old age, becoming the first pontiff in more than six centuries." Pope Benedict XVI stepped in as the Pope in 2005.

Jean-Louis de la Vaissierre of  Agence France-Presse (AFP), via ABS-CBNNews.com,  reports that on Monday, February 11, "Pope Benedict XVI announced that he will resign because of old age, becoming the first pontiff in more than six centuries." Pope Benedict XVI stepped in as the Pope in 2005.

 

The report translated a part of Pope Benedict XVI’s speech, which he had delivered in Latin at a meeting of cardinals in the Vatican: "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."

 

For more on this story, read the AFP article posted on ABS-CBNNews.com.

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