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Pope Benedict RESIGNS, effective 28 February 2013! Look out for Saint Malikai's vision and dream; obumu heading to the MiddleEast for Peace talks/signing, Watch Out!

doc moto 2013/02/11 14:06:14
In a sudden announcement that caught Catholics around the world off guard, Pope Benedict XVI said he will resign at the end of February, becoming the first pontiff to step down in nearly 600 years.

The 85-year-old pontiff made the announcement Monday, saying he no longer had the strength to carry out his papal duties.

"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," the pope said according to a statement released by the Vatican.

"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."

He said he is aware of the "seriousness" of his resignation, but that he did so in "full freedom." He will live out his days on Vatican grounds, according to officials.

The last pope to resign was Pope Gregory XII, who stepped down in 1415 in a deal to end the Great Western Schism among competing papal claimants. The sudden announcement sets the stage for the Vatican to hold a conclave to elect a new pope by mid-March, since the traditional mourning time that would follow the death of a pope doesn't have to be observed. There are several papal contenders in the wings, but no obvious front-runner, according to Vatican watchers.

A Vatican spokesperson told "Fox & Friends" that Pope Benedict "will not take part in conclave" to choose his successor. Officials hope to have a new pope in place in time for the start of Holy Week, on March 14. Although there has been much speculation about Pope Benedict's health, a Vatican spokesman said he is not in any immediate danger.

"There's nothing immediately serious or grave," the Vatican spokesman told ABC.

The pope's 89-year-old brother, Georg Ratzinger, told a German news agency that the pope has had difficulty walking recently and has considered stepping down for months.

“His age is weighing on him,” Georg Ratzinger said. “At this age my brother wants more rest.”

Born Joseph Aloisius Ratzinger, Pope Benedict became the 265th pope after being elected by his fellow cardinals on April 19, 2005, at the age of 78 following the death of the popular John Paul II. The ninth German pope and first in nearly 500 years, Benedict was ordained in 1951 and was a major figure at the Vatican stage for decades before his ascension.

Ratzinger chose the name Benedict, which comes from the Latin word meaning "the blessed," in homage to Pope Benedict XV, who was pope during World War I, and Saint Benedict of Nursia, who established the Benedictine monasteries.

During his papacy and in the years prior, Benedict was a key figure in the church's efforts to address widespread instances of sexual abuse of children by priests. In 2001, then-Cardinal Ratzinger convinced John Paul II to put the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, which he led, in charge of investigating cases and setting policy regarding what he termed "filth" in the church. As a cardinal, Ratzinger pushed through important reforms, including making Internet offenses against children a violation covered by canon law, extending child abuse offenses to include the sexual abuse of all under 18, waiving of the statute of limitation and speeding the process of dismissing guilty priests.

Even before becoming pope, Ratzinger had experienced health problems and attempted to resign from his role as prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of Faith several times, only to stay on at the behest of Pope John Paul II. In 1991, Ratzinger suffered a stroke, according to reports. After becoming pope, Benedict, who predicted a short tenure for himself, suffered another stroke in May 2005, according to the Vatican. He is also believed to suffer from a heart condition.

As pope, Benedict embraced technology. In December, he began using Twitter, where he has 1.5 million followers.

"We must trust in the mighty power of God’s mercy," read his most recent tweet, posted yesterday. "We are all sinners, but His grace transforms us and makes us new."
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  • NYCbrit 2013/02/11 14:40:32
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    Wow, this is so strange.Maternal side of the family are pretty old school Italian Catholic. I remember hearing this prophecy when Ratzinger was made pope. At the time I remember thinking "A Pope resign? It'd never happen!". These are strange times indeed.

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  • CocaColaCandy 2013/02/11 15:52:37
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    The Pope is an elderly man in declining health, reportedly recently advised to stop performing functions expected of the modern Papacy such as travel. Nothing more sinister than that. I'm not a Catholic, and have not entirely positive opinions of his history and positions on many issues, but applaud his willingness to step aside and allow for the smoothest possible transition. Of course, if you'll be giving away all of your worldly possessions in preparation for the latest projected Apocalypse, I'd be happy to help you dispose of them. :)
  • Space Invader 2013/02/11 15:47:15
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    Peter the Roman is on his way....head for the hills
  • evangelism_vision 2013/02/11 15:37:22
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    Whooooooooooooooooooooo I have been hearing that when that Pope resigns it might be the False prophet

    But either way... The Lord is coming Soon
  • whitewulf--the unruly mobster 2013/02/11 15:27:15
  • Annie~Pro American~Pro Israel 2013/02/11 15:21:34
    Annie~Pro American~Pro Israel
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    Fair enough! If he is ill he needs to stop down.
  • NYCbrit 2013/02/11 14:40:32
    NYCbrit
    +5
    Wow, this is so strange.Maternal side of the family are pretty old school Italian Catholic. I remember hearing this prophecy when Ratzinger was made pope. At the time I remember thinking "A Pope resign? It'd never happen!". These are strange times indeed.
  • SIMPATTYCO 2013/02/11 14:36:07
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    Fulfilling the Prophesy of Saint Malachy? To usher in The Last Pope? Is anybody scared yet?
  • doc moto 2013/02/11 14:08:36
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    The Prophecy of the Popes, attributed to Saint Malachy, is a list of 112 short phrases in Latin. They purport to describe each of the Roman Catholic popes (along with a few anti-popes), beginning with Pope Celestine II (elected in 1143) and concluding with the successor of current pope Benedict XVI, a pope described in the prophecy as "Peter the Roman", whose pontificate will end in the destruction of the city of Rome.
  • doc moto doc moto 2013/02/11 14:21:17
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    Ole Buddy Hal had put out a few videos himself; good ole news of what is coming up!
  • SIMPATTYCO doc moto 2013/02/11 14:50:47
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    Here comes The Twilight Zone.

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