The Diocese of Des Moines
Holy Father announces resignation
February 11, 2013
Written By: Anne Marie Cox

Citing health concerns, the Holy Father, Pope Benedict XVI, who is 85, announced this morning that he will resign effective Feb. 28. "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 reportedly said to cardinals who gathered with him to talk about the canonization of new saints.  Pope Benedict was elected in April, 2005, at age 78, is the first to step down in nearly 600 years. The College of Cardinals will make plans to hold a conclave when they will elect a new pope.


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