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Disclaimer his pontificate Benedict XVI

Pope Benedict XVI will leave the Pontificate on 28 February. The announcement was made by him personally during the consistory for the canonization of the martyrs of Otranto and justified his resignation because of his "advanced age". The Vatican Press Office has confirmed that it has convened a briefing at 12.30. The latest resignation of a pope was in the fifteenth century, when Pope Celestine V resigned from their posts. "I feel the weight of the charge is for the good of the Church," said the Pope in his speech. These were the words of the Pope: "Dear brothers, I have convened this Consistory, not only to the three causes of canonization, but also to communicate a decision of great importance for the life of the Church. Having repeatedly examined my conscience before God, I come to the certain that, for the elderly because I have no strength to adequately perform the Petrine ministry. I am well aware that this ministry, spiritual in nature, must be carried out not only in words and deeds, but also and no less suffering and praying. However, in today's world, subject to rapid change and rocked by high profile topics in the life of faith, to govern the ship of San Pedro and proclaim the Gospel, it is also necessary vigor of both body and spirit , force that, in recent months, has fallen on me so that I have to admit my inability to exercise good ministry was entrusted to me. Therefore, being well aware of the seriousness of this act, in full freedom, I declare that I give to the ministry of the Bishop of Rome, Successor of St. Peter, I was entrusted by the Cardinals on April 19, 2005, so that since the February 28, 2013, at 20.00, the see of Rome, the seat of San Pedro, become vacant and shall be called, by whom is competent, the conclave to elect a new pope. Dear brothers, I thank you from my heart for all the love and work that you have carried with me the weight of my ministry, and I apologize for all my shortcomings. Now, we entrust the care of his Church's supreme pastor, Our Lord Jesus Christ, and pray to Mary, his Holy Mother, who attends with her maternal goodness to the Cardinals to elect the new Pope. As far as I'm concerned, in the future, I would like to wholeheartedly serve the Holy Church of God with a life dedicated to prayer. "

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