Omg. Pope Benedict Resigned

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Omg. Pope Benedict Resigned
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Mon, 02-11-2013 - 7:59am

I got up for work. Am watching the news while I drink my coffee. They just made the announcement.  I guess it had to do with his health. I'm sure more will be on throughout the day.  I guess resignation effective February 28th.

 

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Thu, 02-28-2013 - 11:06am
Watching this on tv gives me the chills, God bless Pope Benedict and prayers in electing a new Pope!

 

 

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Tue, 02-12-2013 - 5:07am
I have to admit I'm a little suspicious too. But if hes truly ill then why wait until he's at death's door for a successor! Wait and see if it's something else.

 

 

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Mon, 02-11-2013 - 8:17pm

Regarding the resignation of the pope. It is important to remember that since 1480 there have been no resignations until now. I wonder what kind of reason lies behind all this.

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Mon, 02-11-2013 - 12:27pm

turkeyplease wrote:
<p>I think it is admirable that he admitted he was no longer able to do the job. Now there is time to look for his replacement and he may even be able to help out as an advisor or something.</p>

I completely agree.  I was quite shocked when I found out, but I think it is very wise of him to step down if he is unable to do the job. 

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Mon, 02-11-2013 - 12:15pm
I was shocked when I heard the news, was not expecting this at all. I agree, turkeyplease, it is good that he is realistic about his capabilities and can admit that it's time to pass it off to someone in better health. From an article I read earlier, sounds like he'll retire to the Vatican at some point in the future.

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Mon, 02-11-2013 - 10:53am

I heard about it first from a phone call from my father, then read all the articles on line (Life News, EWTN.)  I am happy with what he has done as Pope, and hope a good successor is chosen.  If his health was failing, it was wise.

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Mon, 02-11-2013 - 10:45am

I think it is admirable that he admitted he was no longer able to do the job. Now there is time to look for his replacement and he may even be able to help out as an advisor or something.

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Mon, 02-11-2013 - 9:34am

I was just coming here to post the same thing!  Here's the full text of his resignation announcement:  http://www.catholicnewsagency.com/news/pope-benedict-xvi-announces-his-retirment/

I heard the news on the radio this morning while taking the kids to school.  The radio report said that this is the first pope to resign in 600 years.  Ian was full of questions after we all heard the report.