posted on Feb, 11 2013 @ 05:25 AM
Wow. Was anyone expecting this? I sure wasn't.
CBC says he is doing it with full freedom and is well aware of the all the implications it entails.
It seems his overall energy level at age 85 is just too low for him to continue. More to come as this is just breaking.
Head of the Roman Catholic Church for the past 8 years, everyone knew he was under a lot of stress, but nevertheless this is still a surprise at this
moment, as popes usually die in office.
Will the following pope be called Peter of Rome as St Malachi's prophecy predicts?
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CTV reports the following
VATICAN CITY -- Pope Benedict XVI has announced that he will resign Feb. 28, the first pontiff to do so in nearly 600 years. The decision sets the
stage for a conclave to elect a new pope before the end of March.
The 85-year-old pope announced his decision in Latin during a meeting of Vatican cardinals Monday morning.
He said that because of his advanced age and diminishing strength, he didn't feel he could carry on the job.
edit on 11-2-2013 by aboutface because: (no reason given)