some personal views for Catholic readers
Sadly Vatican has confirmed it AND ANNOUNCED THE DATE
I feel greatly upset at this news.There are times in our lives when all we can do is pray and now we must all pray for the Holy Father and for the Church.
So do I
The full text of his declaration is on the Vatican Radio website...http://en.radiovaticana.va/news/2013/02/11/pope_benedict_xvi_announces_his_resignation_at_end_of_month/en1-663815
Praying here too. Pope Benedict must be in such emotional and spiritual pain to make this choice.
I too am very saddened by the news of our wonderful Pope Benedict .I pray for him , and I also pray that his replacement will continue the good work that Benedict has done .
The news came to me by "Guido Fawkes Blog" and I thought it was some sort of joke, until I realised it was not.Disturbing is an understatement.
I am shocked, saddened, distraught. But I am grateful that I have lived through this wonderful pontificate. Thank God for Benedict. God Bless our Holy Father
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