Vatican Confirms Pope Benedict XVI’s Resignation

  1. Pope Benedict XVI will resign from his position on February 28, 2013. The official statement can be read here. The pope cited his illness and weakness to not continue his 8 year tenure beginning on April 24, 2005.
  2. There is speculation as to who the next pope will be. Any unmarried man is eligible to be appointed, however, a cardinal has always been chosen for more than 1,000 years. The international community voiced their opinions through social media.
  3. What precedent will Pope Benedict’s resignation create? Retirement at 75-80? Younger Pope’s elected?
  4. Our prayers are with Pope Benedict XVI as he prepares to resign from the papacy, and we celebrate his eight fruitful years as the leader of the Church! “Well done, good and faithful servant.”
  5. As a Catholic, I’m not buying this. Popes don’t just quit because they’re tired. What’s going on here??
  6. The Queen’s a year older than The Pope. Can’t see her ever resigning because she’s tired. #indefatigability1infallibility0
  7. What’s a Twitter account for if you can’t drop bombshell news on it? @Pontifex is silent on Pope’s resignation.
  8. Who will be the next Pope? Pope Benedict XVI have already signed his resignation letter and by the end of this month will be his last day of being a Pope of the Roman Catholics. For almost 8years of being Pope, Joseph Ratzinger decided to end his term due to his health issues. After him, who will be the new Pope of the Century?
  9. RT @ckanal: #Pope‘s final tweet before resignation: “We are all sinners, but His grace transforms us”
  10. RT @BBCWorld: #Pope Benedict XVI “reached an age that only very few of his predecessors had reached”, his brother Georg Ratzinger tells #BBCNewsday
  11. Pope Benedict XVI doesn’t seem to have taken his lifetime appointment from God very seriously.
  12. In 1415, Gregory XII was the last pope to resign. This was during the Great Schism, where three popes reigned at the same time. Pope Benedict XVI will be the fifth pope in history to resign.

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