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February 11, 2013 8:29 am
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Pope Benedict Announces Retirement

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Pope Benedict XVI performing a blessing during the canonization mass in St. Peter's Square. Photo: wiki commons.

NY Times – Pope Benedict XVI, the former Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger who took office in 2005 following the death of his predecessor, said on Monday that he will resign on Feb. 28, the first pope to do so in six centuries.

A profoundly conservative figure whose papacy was overshadowed by sexual abuse scandals in the Roman Catholic Church, the pope, 85, said that after examining his 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 his position as head of the world’s Roman Catholics.

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  • Blessings to Pope Benedict. He has done a good job in his tenure as head of the Roman Catholic Church over the last seven years, the recent peacemaking trip to Lebanon case in point. At his age he deserves a break from active and demanding public service.

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