Pope Benedict XVI to Step Down for Health Reasons

POPE-VISITORSThe Holy Father Pope Benedict today announced that he will step down on February 28 of this year due to health reasons.

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Statement of Bishop Tobin:

I was stunned by the news that our Holy Father, Pope Benedict XVI will resign his office at the end of the month. He is a man of great wisdom and holiness and he has given everything – his heart and mind, his soul and strength – to the difficult task of leading the Church.

popebishopOur Holy Father’s resignation is, I believe, an act of great humility for he understands that the needs of the Church are greater than his own; that ultimately the well-being of the Church is in God’s hands, not the Pope’s.

I will pray in gratitude for Pope Benedict’s service and also that our Holy Father will now enjoy a time of rest and prayer that he so richly deserves.

In that spirit, I am also pleased to announce that there will be a Solemn Mass of Thanksgiving for the Ministry of Pope Benedict XVI at this Cathedral of Saints Peter and Paul on Thursday, February 28th at 12:00 Noon, the final day of our Holy Father’s ministry.

May God bless Pope Benedict!

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