Monday, 11 February 2013

Pope Benedict XVI abdicates the Papacy


Pope Benedict XVI will abdicate  the papacy on 28th February. 

 'Thank you very much, I ask forgiveness for my faults'

'I feel the weight of the assignment. I leave it for “Ingravescentem aetatem”
His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI

The Pope delivered the announcement in Latin during the consistory for the canonization of the martyrs of Otranto. The voice serene and solemn but with a  tired face. Father Lombardi: 'It came as a surprise.' The Dean Cardinal Sodano: 'A bolt from the blue'. Ratzinger asked the conclave to elect a successor.

The Pope indicated that on February 28 will be  the end of the pontificate and asked that for a conclave to elect a successor. The “Sede Vacante” starts from 20:00 on 28 February. He said the Pope to the cardinals announcing the decision to resign. The conclave will be held in March.

The President of the Republic of Italy  Giorgio Napolitano: “ GREAT RESPECT FOR HIS GESTURE”

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