Pope resignation announcement text

ROME Mon Feb 11, 2013 6:22am EST

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ROME (Reuters) - The following is the text of the speech that Pope Benedict delivered in Latin to members of a consistory, or church council, announcing his planned resignation on Monday. It was distributed by the Vatican in a statement:

"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."

(Reporting by Steve Scherer)

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DeanJames wrote:
Saint Peter?? There is no Biblical support that Peter (the Apostle) was ever the first pope. In fact, the Bible says that Peter was assigned the Jews and Paul was sent to Rome to start the gentile church. This whole pope thing is misleading from the very beginning. I wish more catholics would read a non-altered Bible and get to know God through Truth and not trust this church for anything spiritual. There are so many false traditions taking place in this church. I was a catholic for 40 years of my life and finally left after I had enough of the false information.

Did you know that this church “altered” the Bible’s 10 Commandments in Exodus 20? One of these popes decided to remove the Second Commandment and make another Commandment into two. Thus giving catholics their very own “10″ commandments!! Lies. You need a non-catholic Bible to find out what the Second Commandment is. It has everything to do with creating “images” and statues!! That’s why they sell this stuff and make money from it, going against God’s will. There is NO conviction taking place. This is just one thing, there are hundreds of falseness being taught to catholics. Sadly, they follow blindly.

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