Pope Benedict XVI announces his resignation at end of month

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Pope Benedict XVI on Monday said he plans on resigning the papal office on February 28th.born Joseph Aloisius Ratzinger; 16 April 1927) in Germany he is the 265th Pope a position in which he serves dual roles as Sovereign of the  Vatican City State and leader of the  Catholic Church. Benedict XVI was ordained a priest on 29th June 1951 Benedict XVI was elected Pope on 19 April 2005.

Courtesy Vatican Radio

Full text of Pope’s declaration


Dear Brothers,
I have convoked you to this Consistory, not only for the three canonizations, but also to communicate to you a decision of great importance for the life of the Church. 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. I am well aware that this ministry, due to its essential spiritual nature, must be carried out not only with words and deeds, but no less with prayer and suffering. However, in today’s world, subject to so many rapid changes and shaken by questions of deep relevance for the life of faith, in order to govern the bark of Saint Peter and proclaim the Gospel, both strength of mind and body are necessary, strength which in the last few months, has deteriorated in me to the extent that I have had to recognize my incapacity to adequately fulfill the ministry entrusted to me. For this reason, and well aware of the seriousness of this act, with full freedom I declare that I renounce the ministry of Bishop of Rome, Successor of Saint Peter, entrusted to me by the Cardinals on 19 April 2005, in such a way, that as from 28 February 2013, at 20:00 hours, the See of Rome, the See of Saint Peter, will be vacant and a Conclave to elect the new Supreme Pontiff will have to be convoked by those whose competence it is.

Dear Brothers, I thank you most sincerely for all the love and work with which you have supported me in my ministry and I ask pardon for all my defects. And now, let us entrust the Holy Church to the care of Our Supreme Pastor, Our Lord Jesus Christ, and implore his holy Mother Mary, so that she may assist the Cardinal Fathers with her maternal solicitude, in electing a new Supreme Pontiff. With regard to myself, I wish to also devotedly serve the Holy Church of God in the future through a life dedicated to prayer.
From the Vatican, 10 February 2013


16 වන බෙනඩික් පාප් වහන්සේ සිය තනතුරෙන් ඉල්ලා අස්වීමට තීරණය කරයි……

16 වන බෙනඩික් පාප් වහන්සේ සිය තනතුරෙන් ඉල්ලා අස්වීමට තීරණය කර ඇති බවත් මේ මස අවසන් වන විට උන්වහන්සේ අදාළ තනතුරෙන් ඉවත් වනු ඇති බව වතිකානුවෙන් වාර්තා වෙයි. දැනට 85 වැනි වියේ පසුවන උන්වහන්සේ 2005 වසරේ අප්‍රේල් මාසයේදී එම ධුරයට පත්විය. උන්වහන්සේ එම තනතුරට පත්වූයේ දෙවන ජුවාන් පාවුලු පාප් වහන්සේගේ අභාවයෙන් පසුවය.

1927අප්‍රේල් මස 16 දින ජෝශප් ඇලෝසියස් රෙඩ්සින්ගර් නමින් ජර්මනියේ උපත ලද මෙතුමා ලෝකයේ 265 වන පාප්වහන්සේ ලෙස 2005 අප්‍රේල් මස 19 දින පත්වන ලදී.එතුමා පුජ්‍යත්වයට පත්වන්නේ 1951ජුනි මස 29 දිනය.

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