Pope Benedict XVI resigns effective February 28
Monday, February 11, 2013
The Pope gave reasons in a statement: "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."
Reports of the news appeared quickly on Spanish and French language television. The Vatican had not immediately updated their website with the news. There will be a press conference this afternoon where additional details will be provided.
Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger became Pope aged 78 in 2005 after the death of John Paul II.