Full Text of Pope’s Declaration on his Resignation
Pope Benedict XVI on Monday said he plans on resigning the papal office on February 28th. Below please find his announcement.
Benedict XVI resignation: details of press briefing
The Director of the Press Office of the Holy See, Fr. Federico Lombardi, SJ, gave a briefing to journalists in the Press Office of the Holy See at 12:30 PM Monday afternoon, during which he clarified the following points.
Pope Benedict XVI resigns. This is unbelievable news, but evidence of the his deep humility
Damian Thompson, The Telegraph
Catholics will be deeply shocked and, in most cases, dismayed by this decision, which I see above all as an act of self-sacrifice by a man not prepared to see the Church suffer as a result of his increasing frailty.
Italian cardinal Angelo Sodano, the dean of the College of Cardinals, said Monday that Pope Benedict XVI’s announcement he was stepping down from the helm of the Catholic Church was a “bolt out of the blue”.
George Weigel on Benedict: “Realities of World Where People Live Much Longer”
Matthew Schmitz, First Things
Pope Benedict XVI has said on numerous public occasions including his most recent interview book that were he to come to the judgment that he did not have the physical stamina left to give the church the leadership it deserved, that he would abdicate.
Pope Benedict XVI:a papal timeline
Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, was elected as the successor to Pope John Paul II on April 19th 2005.
The reaction on Vatican Radio’s Facebook page (www. facebook. com/VaticanRadioEnglish) to the announcement that Pope Benedict XVI intends to resign on February 28th has been one of shock.
9 Things You Should Know About Pope Benedict XVI
Joe Carter, The Gospel Coalition
Here are nine things you should know about the former Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger.