Pope Benedict XV1 resigns

The Pope has announced his resignation saying that at 85 he is too old and infirm to carry on.

Pope Benedict XV1 has resigned
Pope Benedict XV1 has resigned

The Pope has announced his resignation saying that at 85 he is too old and infirm to carry on.

Pope Benedict XVI will resign on February 28, the first pontiff to do so in nearly 600 years. His decision sets the stage for a conclave to elect a new pope before the end of March.

The pope announced his decision in Latin during a meeting of Vatican cardinals this morning.

He emphasised that carrying out the duties of being pope - the leader of more than a billion Roman Catholics worldwide - requires "both strength of mind and body."

"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," he told the cardinals.

"I am well aware that this ministry, due to its essential spiritual nature, must be carried out not only by words and deeds but no less with prayer and suffering.

"However, in today's world, subject to so many rapid changes and shaken by questions of deep relevance for the life of faith, in order to govern the barque of St. Peter and proclaim the Gospel, both strength of mind and body are necessary - strengths which in the last few months, has deteriorated in me to the extent that I have had to recognise my incapacity to adequately fulfil the ministry entrusted to me."

The last pope to resign was Gregory XII in 1415 as part of a deal to end the Great Western Schism among competing papal claimants.

Benedict called his choice "a decision of great importance for the life of the church."

The move sets the stage for the Vatican to hold a conclave to elect a new pope by mid-March, since the traditional mourning time that would follow the death of a pope does not have to be observed.

There are several papal contenders in the wings, but no obvious front-runner - the same situation when Benedict was elected in 2005 after the death of Pope John Paul II.

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Comments for: "Pope Benedict XV1 resigns"

dalis Soons

A Saint, a great man who spoke the truth regardless of the hardship consequences, A man of God who's wisdom enlighted so many people around the world.

A person who follow Peters' path will be remembered as one of the great Wise Pope in the catholic church.

I wish the media will learn more about him rather than publish lies and be in favor of the minority corrupted people.

We as catholics are being blessed to have Him as our leader, the direct representative of Christ in our Church and mankind.

Thank you Pope Bennedict for guiding us and teaching us God Love and how to love others as he loves Us.


who's that then ted?

father jack hackett- drink drink DRINK

'ahh that would be an ecumenical matter'..- WISE WORDS, WISE WORDS. may we expect you to stand for the holy ordination as pope, sir?

Father Ted

well the Pope has to be admired in knowing when enough is enough.

Now not that I am comparing him to the Pope (goodness knows his ego is big enough as it is) but isn't it time that Phil "The Spin" Ozouf did the same thing?


ahhh WOULD YER NOT 'AVE A CUP OF TEA... ahh go on



A great man? Or a seriously deluded man, who is at least partly responsible for the AIDS epidemic and overpopulation by insisting that it is wrong to use contraception.

His outdated views on homosexuality have at least turned many people away from the church, which can only be a good thing, so at least he did something worthwhile.

A sad day for catholics perhaps, but for those of us with the ability to make decisions for ourselves, this is a happy day indeed :-)


Add to which the child abuse scandal has never been properly addressed.

kuhm mela millions

MAYBE... all the 30 million who went to the kuhm mella and washed in the ganges WISHED that the pope would leg it... and there wish came true.

Mjolnir de Jersiaise

Typical anti-Catholic bigotry; the only form of intolerance and discrimination that is completely acceptable in these PC times...


Tobias, Evidence, please, for all these assertions.

Real Truthseeker

Perhaps he stumbled across the original Bible which had the final page with the words "and so the fairytale ends."

I mean really, comments like he "guided us", and "showed us God's love"... really... he just sat there are grew old, and ridiculed Africans who used condoms to prevent the spread of AIDS.

I have an idea, lets go without a Pope for a while, and see how much better off, or at the very least - not worse of we really are.

Imagine a world without religion.... BLISS.


Imagine a world without sects more like...


If this sect cared so much for 'the poor' they could sell off some of their assets to pay for them.

They seem to own half of Italy from what I can see on my travels