While the last week has indeed offered a wide array of interesting newsworthy topics, the big news this morning may indeed end up being one of the more shocking stories in 2013 to-date: Pope Benedict XVI is resigning from his position, making him the first to do so in close to six centuries.
An official statement the Vatican released quoted the Pope saying:
“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 recognise 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.”
With that, we’ll move on to the other news headlines that caught our ever-watchful eye. Thanks again to Tyler Pittman for keeping us abreast of the latest happenings:
Pope Benedict XVI image by Marek Kośniowski via Wikimedia Commons.