Monday, February 11, 2013
Pope Benedict XVI Suddenly Tenders Resignation
Pope Benedict on Monday, February 11, 2013 announced his resignation saying he will step down at 8:00 PM, February 28, 2013, eight years after taking office. “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,” Pope Benedict said. Meanwhile, upon the Pope's sudden and shocking announcement, Cardinal Roger Mahony made an announcement in Los Angeles saying he will help elect a successor to Pope Benedict XVI, and that he looks forward to travelling to Rome to be part of the conclave that will elect a new pope. Pope Benedict XVI is the first pope to resign in 600 years.