Pope's decision to resign is remarkable

02/11/2013 11:45 AM

02/11/2013 11:45 AM

Pope Benedict's decision to resign is remarkable historically, as the last pope to resign was Pope Gregory XII in 1415, and that was due to a schism in the church. Benedict said he lacked the strength to continue the demanding job. "In order to govern the bark of St. Peter and proclaim the Gospel, both strength of mind and body are necessary – strengths which in the last few months, have deteriorated in me to the extent that I have had to recognize my incapacity to adequately fulfill the ministry entrusted to me," he said.

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