Pope resigns, saying he no longer has strength to fulfill ministry

Pope Benedict XVI (PHOTO: Fabio Pozzebom).

Originally published in Charisma News

Pope Benedict said today he will resign on February 28 because he no longer has the strength to fulfill the duties of his office, becoming the first pontiff since the Middle Ages to take such a step.

The 85-year-old pope said he had noticed that his strength had deteriorated over recent months “to the extent that I have had to recognize my incapacity to adequately fulfill 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,” he said according to a statement from the Vatican.

A Vatican spokesman said the pontiff would step down from 7 p.m. GMTon February 28, leaving the office vacant until a successor is chosen.

Click here to read the speech he delivered in Latin to members of a consistory, or church council, announcing his planned resignation on Monday.

One Comment

  1. Can we expect the Catholic change with the next Pope? I don’t really think so. Cardinal Marc Ouellet, formerly the archbishop of Quebec City, has the best odds of replacing Pope Benedict XVI, but he is an extremely conservative man who will definitely not want the Catholic Church to change. He is expected to be the continuity of Pope Benedict XVI.