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Pope Benedict announces his retirement 28th february 2013

.- Pope Benedict XVI announced today that he will resign from his duties as Pope on February 28th, 2013.

The full text of the Pope's announcement follows. Please revist this page for more details. A press conference will be held in minutes at the Vatican press office.

Dear Brothers,
I have convoked you to this Consistory, not only for the three canonizations, but also to communicate to you a decision of great importance for the life of the Church. 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. I am well aware that this ministry, due to its essential spiritual nature, must be carried out not only with 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 bark of Saint Peter and proclaim the Gospel, both strength of mind and body are necessary, strength which in the last few months, has deteriorated in me 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, entrusted to me by the Cardinals on 19 April 2005, in such a way, that as from 28 February 2013, at 20:00 hours, the See of Rome, the See of Saint Peter, will be vacant and a Conclave to elect the new Supreme Pontiff will have to be convoked by those whose competence it is.
Dear Brothers, I thank you most sincerely for all the love and work with which you have supported me in my ministry and I ask pardon for all my defects. And now, let us entrust the Holy Church to the care of Our Supreme Pastor, Our Lord Jesus Christ, and implore his holy Mother Mary, so that she may assist the Cardinal Fathers with her maternal solicitude, in electing a new Supreme Pontiff. With regard to myself, I wish to also devotedly serve the Holy Church of God in the future through a life dedicated to prayer.
From the Vatican, 10 February 2013

BENEDICTUS PP XVI

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Comment by ennennde on February 13, 2013 at 10:17

Many expect a black pope from Africa. Could also mean a Jesuit, couldn't it?

Comment by ennennde on March 23, 2013 at 8:20

As we know they like their silly symbolism, here is some humbug from the numerological view about the omnipresent number 13:

1. He was chosen pope 2013
2. He was chosen pope march 13th
3. Sum of the digits 2013-03-13 is 13
4. His age is 76, 7+6 = 13
5. Sum of the digits of his name Francis the first is 13
(Sum of the digits of his german name Franziskus der Erste is 13 likewise)
6. According to diverse news sources white smoke appeared 7:06 pm, 7+6=13
7. According to diverse news sources his name was proclaimed 8.13 p.m. CET

His parents were italians, he himself is living in Rome now and one of the further names of Franz von Assisi

was Pietro = Peter, so he is  the well-disguised Peter the Roman

Comment by lilly on March 23, 2013 at 9:26

Agreed :-) .

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