February 11, 2013
CAROL GLATZ AND
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE
Saying he no longer has the strength to exercise ministry over the universal church, Pope Benedict announced Feb. 11 that he will resign at the end of the month after an eight-year pontificate.
"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 told cardinals gathered for an ordinary public consistory to approve the canonization of new saints.