POPE BENEDICT XVI ANNOUNCES
POPE BENEDICT XVI said this morning that
he plans to resign the papal office on February 28th.
Full text of Pope's declaration
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
From the Vatican, 10 XVI