pope-benedictPope Benedict XVI will resign on February 28, the Vatican has announced. “The pope announced that he 
will leave his ministry at 8:00pm (7pm UK time) on February 28,” said Vatican spokesman Federico Lombardi.

The reason for the resignation, cited by the Pope himself, is “advanced age”.

“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,” wrote Pope Benedict XVI in a declaration to the public.

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