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Pope Benedict XVI 'to resign'


Vatican, Feb 11 (Agencies) : Pope Benedict XVI is to resign on February 28th, according to reports on Italian news agency ANSA.

Last year the Pope started using a cane on occasions and recently he appeared to have trouble reading the text of an address he delivered in Rome.

A Vatican spokesman said the pontiff would step down from 1900 GMT on February 28, leaving the office vacant until a successor was chosen to Benedict who succeeded John Paul, one of history's most popular pontiffs.

The pontiff replaced Pope John Paul II in April 2005.

The last pope to resign was Pope Gregory XII in the 15th century, who did so to end the Western Schism.

In 1294, Pope Celestine V issued a solemn decree allowing a Pope to resign, before promptly resigning himself after just five months of pontificate.


Full text of Pope's declaration

"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.

From the Vatican, 10 February 2013

BENEDICTUS PP XVI"

Comment on this article

  • peter, m'lr

    Wed, Feb 13 2013

    example of humility far excellence.only when a person is in touch with God and follows His will has courage to do this. God provides timly, able leaders to guide his sheep,shephered He chooses must realize this. beloved Pope has just done this. authority in the church is not for power, name n gain as we see in many cases in the church, it must be as understood,discerned by our Pope. i hope many of our bishops take this as an example for the good of the church. may God provide a shaphered like of His heart.

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  • Maggie, Mangalore / Kuwait

    Wed, Feb 13 2013

    We thank you Papa for leading the church for 8 years, despite of your old age and ill health. It is God's will that you take rest and continue to pray for the church and to the whole world for peace during your retired life. May we have a good Shephered who will lead the church and guide all the Catholics. May the Lord Jesus guide and protect His church and help us to get a good Shephered who will continue to lead the church.

    It looks like some crazy people DON'T UNDERSTAND THE MEANING OR THE WRITE UP, PLEASE DO NOT CLICK THE DISAGREE BUTTON IF YOU DON'T UNDERSTAND.

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  • Agnello, Mangalore/Muscat

    Tue, Feb 12 2013

    A mature and bold new decision. A new benchmark in the history of Catholic Church. May church elect a leader where we examine our past and present and align ourselves to the newer reality of the future.

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  • Ashok Frank, Mangalore / Canada

    Tue, Feb 12 2013

    I suggest that Dajiworld introduce a comment box for all who disagree on replies to the article as to why they disagree and also publish their response , otherwise ,it does not make any sense to the writer or to the readers.

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  • Sr. Josina BS, Mangalore/Goa

    Tue, Feb 12 2013

    It is a shocking news. We love you papa. We continue to pray for your good health. May your heart's desire for a worthy successor be granted by the Almighty no matter of what color he is. We accept in deep faith and follow Christ faithfully.

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  • Sachidanand Shetty, Mundkur/Dubai

    Tue, Feb 12 2013

    Oh… What a decision taken by Pope Benedict XVI… Our Politicians should learn from Pope. Wisely said by him that, when your body is not coping with the pressure of duty you perform, there is no point in continuing any post you occupied. 70 Indian Politicians pls wake up and follow the path of Pope and save our India

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  • Valerian Dsouza, Udupi/Mumbai

    Tue, Feb 12 2013

    We love you PAPA Pope Benedict XVI.
    You have spoken out of deep wisdom, examined by conscience before God.
    You know what is right better than anybody.
    Again we love you!

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  • Fr Joachim D'Souza, Capuchin, Mogarnad/Bangalore

    Tue, Feb 12 2013

    It is a bold , courageous and sincere decision on the Part of Our Beloved Pope. God grant us you good health

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  • Abdul Razak, Mangalore

    Tue, Feb 12 2013

    I hope our Indian political leaders see this as a true example. Our Netas want to taste power even at the age of 90.

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  • Steevan Pinto, ICYM President - 2008 - 09 - Mangalore Diocese, Permude

    Tue, Feb 12 2013

    Even though it was shocking for me, after reading his declaration i accept his decision in faith.Thank you holy Fr.,For you faithful service to the catholic churches.You did your best in these challenging time as a leading example..Thank U Papa and We love you Papa......

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  • juliana, udupi

    Tue, Feb 12 2013

    I wish to also devotedly serve the Holy Church of God in the future through a life dedicated to prayer. Long live Papa.

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  • ALPHONS RODRIGUES, UJIRE ISRAEL

    Tue, Feb 12 2013

    VERRY SAD NEWS WE LOVE PAPA PLEASE SAVE WORLD BLESS US

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  • SAHIL MUHAMMAD, M'LORE

    Tue, Feb 12 2013

    ALLAH... IT'S SAD THAT, SUPREME PONTIFF OF ROMAN CATHOLICS -POPE STEPS DOWN. BUT, IT'S NICE THAT, HE HAS DECIDED BY HIMSELF DUE TO HIS FAILING HEALTH. LONG LIVE THE POPE, KING OF ROME CITY AND MAY THERE BE A SUCCESSOR FOR HIM TO LEAD CATHOLIC CHURCH AHEAD TO A HOLISTIC AND MODEL PATH JUST THE WAY IT HAS BEEN THROUGHOUT DOWN THE CENTURIES...

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  • Fr Anil Lobo, mangalore

    Tue, Feb 12 2013

    Though it is sad to note that Pope is resigning,still it is his free decision. Thank u papa for leading the church for 8yrs being the successor of St Peter. May God bless u with good health.

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  • Boniface, Mumbai

    Tue, Feb 12 2013

    Very sad news.... but its god's will....
    I don't understand people who have disagree with the comment.... either they don't understand or they are being foolish....

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  • Roshan, Abu Dhabi

    Tue, Feb 12 2013

    Dear Holy Rev. Fr. Joseph Ratzinger Benedict XVI pray for us & we pray for you

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  • JOHN ARVIN D'SOUZA, BELTHANGADY

    Mon, Feb 11 2013

    I respect the decision of Pope Benedict XVI to resign from the seat of Supreme Pontiff. Really this message from Pope is very sad to hear but it is God’s wish and definitely the Almighty will open the minds of Cardinals to elect the new Pope. I pray Mother Mary to guide the Cardinals to elect the new worthy Supreme Pontiff for the betterment of the Church. May Almighty God grant him good health & peace. We love you Pope.

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  • Fr Franklin Dsouza, Diocese of Shimoga, ICYM - CBCI Delhi

    Mon, Feb 11 2013

    Even though it was shocking for me, after reading his declaration i accept his decision in faith. Let all Catholics we pray for him also as he told for the new pontiff to lead the See of Rome, the See of St. Peter. Let us stand United with Pope. LORD WHO IS GUIDING THE CHURCH KNOWS WHAT IS BEST FOR HIS CHURCH. Let us remember the word of JESUS "Do Not Fear. I am With you"..... PAPA we salute you...We Love you.

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  • Jamal, Mangalore/UAE

    Mon, Feb 11 2013

    Dear readers do not understand why all the disagrees??

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  • Anitha D'souza, Pangla/Shankerpura

    Mon, Feb 11 2013

    Very sad news.Thank you holy Fr.,For you faithful service to the catholic churches.You did your best in these challenging time as a leading example.Almighty god take care of you Fr.

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  • Jossey Saldanha, Mangalore/Mapusa/Mumbai

    Mon, Feb 11 2013

    I wonder if some people are paid to click on disagree without even understanding the comment.......

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  • Juliet Mascarenhas, Bejai/Mangalore

    Mon, Feb 11 2013

    The news is unexpected but we have to accept Gods wish.Thank you Papa for leading us these seven years in life of faith.
    Bless us Papa. We pray for you.

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  • Jerome D Souza,janica, Dubai,vodangal

    Mon, Feb 11 2013

    Very Sad hear the news. We love you papa. bless us.

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  • louis Mendonca, Mudarangadi,Mumbai

    Mon, Feb 11 2013

    Really shocking news, We love you papa, and we respect your decision,Its a fitting example for power hungry people. Almighty God bless you papa.

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  • deepanjali, ufs, mysore

    Mon, Feb 11 2013

    Heart breaking news, we love papa, our prayers will accompany you dear papa.

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  • Irene mathias, Palghar

    Mon, Feb 11 2013

    Thank you and God bless our Papa

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  • St.John Convent, Palghar

    Mon, Feb 11 2013

    Thank you and God bless our Papa

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  • D M D' Souza, Bantwal

    Mon, Feb 11 2013

    May God Grant him the Health & Peace he DESERVES for serving us in our difficult times which was vacated by the Most Charismatic Pope John Paul II.
    He too had found his health deteriorating & proactive surgeries & medicines were against God's Will prolonging his sufferings rather than healing or bettering his Mission. He asked the doctors treating him to stop all unnecessary interventions & was embraced by Jesus in 2005.
    Let us pray the Holy Spirit will Grant us a worthy successor to Lead us in this 21st Century towards Jesus who hadn't letdown his Church without a worthy Pope in the last 2000 years.

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  • mollydsouza, Ujire, Belthangady

    Mon, Feb 11 2013

    Its really sad news for us. But we have to respect his decision and pray for his good health. May God shower his blessings upon him to continue his mission till the end.

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  • Rufus, Dubai / Mangalore

    Mon, Feb 11 2013

    Even though we are in the 21st century, the next pope will be a white European man as the conclave has been filled with Europeans although the billions of catholics are outside Europe (Latin America and Asia).

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  • Austin, Bambil-Bantwal/ Afghanistan

    Mon, Feb 11 2013

    Dear brothers/Sisters –Please don’t give such comments of ing Pope, It is not an easy task to become a Pope, God knows what is good and bad for the catholic church, You can read in the book Samuel when Saul was alive still God chose David as a king,each and everything there is a plan.Let us pray for Pope Benedict XVI and also pray to the Mother Mary, she may assist the Cardinal Fathers with her maternal solicitude, in electing a new Supreme Pontiff.

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  • Louis D'Souza, Kuwait

    Mon, Feb 11 2013

    This is called, Leading by example. God bless him.

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  • William, Bantwal

    Mon, Feb 11 2013

    May God bless him and guide him, give enough strength to continue the mission work. May Jesus take care of him, give good eye sight and strengthen him so that he may continue till his end. May the Almighty God hear our prayers soon.

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  • Maxim, Japan

    Mon, Feb 11 2013

    Dear pope, you were the right person for the job that you held so far, we wish and pray that you may live longer to see the further growth in the church. You were best in your own way. Bless and pray for all of us

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  • Leslie Lobo, Mangalore

    Mon, Feb 11 2013

    IT IS A VERY MATURE, DIGNIFIED AND BOLD MOVE. IF HE FEELS THAT HE CANNOT DO JUSTICE TO HIS POSITION IT IS OUR DUTY TO RESPECT AND ACCEPT THE SAME. IT IS GOOD FOR THE CATHOLIC WORLD. FEW PEOPLE CAN TAKE SUCH TOUGH DECISIONS. WE HAVE TO RESPECT THE SAME.

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  • HENRY MISQUITH, Kingdom of Bahrain

    Mon, Feb 11 2013

    THANK YOU HOLY FATHER FOR THE GOOD YOU HAVE DONE TO THE CATHOLIC CHURCH AND THE WHOLE WORLD THROUGH THE 7 YEARS OF PAPACY. MAY GOD BLESS U WITH GOOD HEALTH & LONG LIFE.

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  • V.Baretto, Bantwal-Bangalore

    Mon, Feb 11 2013

    Good decision by Holy Father, when he is not feeling capable to run the ministry to his satisfaction. He will be remembered ever.

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  • Alwin D'Sa, Bangaore

    Mon, Feb 11 2013

    Full text of Pope's declaration

    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 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.
    From the Vatican, 10 February 2013

    BENEDICTUS PP XVI

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  • Jaison, Mangalore / bahrain

    Mon, Feb 11 2013

    His act is a lesson to some of our politicians who occupy their chairs like limpets till death.

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  • Peter Pereira, Pune

    Mon, Feb 11 2013

    Very shocking and sad news indeed. We love you our beloved good Shepherd. May God give you good health.

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  • Alwin D'Sa, Bangalore

    Mon, Feb 11 2013

    God has his own Plan.

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  • Jessy, abudhabi,uae

    Mon, Feb 11 2013

    May the Almighty bless him and keep him safe. We love you and thank you His Holiness Papa Benedict the xvi

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  • Alex, Mangalore

    Mon, Feb 11 2013

    He sure is a Saintly person. He knew he cannot deal with so many issues that crop up everytime,be it religious, political and to deal with all the hateful and violent world of today.
    Needs a person who can be atleast 90% fit and yet firm.

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  • alex, bangalore

    Mon, Feb 11 2013

    Pope Benedict led the RC church boldly and stood for Christian principals , we love you very much dear Pope for sticking to principles of Christ .Take good care of your health and guide your sucessor. We thank the Lord for giving us Pope like you. We hope and pray the new Pope will also be a spritiual pope.

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  • ANIL THOMAS DSILVA, MANGALORE-AFGHANISTAN

    Mon, Feb 11 2013

    SAD TO HEAR, WHAT EVER HAPPENS IT HAPPENS ACCORDING TO THE GODS WISH. MAY ALMIGHTY GOD BLESS AND KEEP PAPA BENEDICT XVI SAFE.

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  • George A. Borromeo, Angelore, Mangalore, India

    Mon, Feb 11 2013

    It is indeed sad to note our Pope is resigning. It is a lesson for all sundry Power Hungry People. We salute you Sir!!

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  • Dr Ajith Benedict Rayan,

    Mon, Feb 11 2013

    It is unfortunate that Pope is resigning on Health Grounds. He shares my name. I was expecting that he will visit India, that to Bangalore, which is known as Vactican City of East. Hope and pray that Pope Benedict will be replaced by a capable Pope.

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  • Mike, KSA

    Mon, Feb 11 2013

    Indeed it is a very sad news specially for the Catholic community. However, if the age and health are the stumbling blocks to perform the pastoral duties efficiently, then His Holiness' decision is justified.

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  • WILFRED TAURO, MADANTHYAR,DUBAI

    Mon, Feb 11 2013

    Very sad to hear the news...We will pray for you and We love you Pope Benedict XVI.May Almighty God bless you and Guide you the best

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  • Vijay D'Souza, Kanajar/UK

    Mon, Feb 11 2013

    Thank you and God bless you Holy Father.

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  • THERESA LOBO, Mukamar-Sharjah

    Mon, Feb 11 2013

    Very very sad news. Never in the past it happened.Let us all pray for our Pope Benedict XVI. May God bless him.God knows what is best.Thy will be done.

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  • patrick D'Almeida, Trasi/Udupi/Kuwait

    Mon, Feb 11 2013

    Very Sad. We love you papa. bless us.

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  • Praveen, Kavoor/MUSCAT

    Mon, Feb 11 2013

    Oh noooooo......

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  • Joseph, Doha Qatar

    Mon, Feb 11 2013

    I would suggest Eminence Cardinal Oswald Gracias being elected as the successor if the Vatican hasn't had any successor. Eminence Cardinal Oswald Gracias has just been elected as the new president of The Latin rite bishops of India. May be he could additionally take up this new responsibility too.

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