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Pope Says God Asked Him To Retire

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Retiring Pope Benedict XVI delivered an emotional last Sunday prayer in St Peter’s square, saying God had told him to devote himself to prayer, but he assured supporters he would not “abandon” the Church.

Tens of thousands of supporters turned out for the historic prayers ahead of the pope’s formal resignation on Thursday, often interrupting the pope with their clapping, cheering and chanting.

“The Lord is calling me to climb the mountain, to dedicate myself even more to prayer and meditation. But this does not mean abandoning the Church,” the pope told the crowd from the window of his residence in the Apostolic Palace in the Vatican.

Pope Benedict acknowledges a packed St. Peter’s Square beneath him after delivering the final Angelus devotion of his tenure as Pontiff on Sunday. Photo: EPA

Pope Benedict acknowledges a packed St. Peter’s Square beneath him after delivering the final Angelus devotion of his tenure as Pontiff on Sunday.
Photo: EPA

“If God is asking me to do this it is precisely so I can continue to serve with the same dedication and love as before but in a way that is more appropriate for my age and for my strength.”

The 85-year-old leader of the world’s 1.2 billion Catholics has said he will step down because he no longer has the strength of mind and body to carry on.

His shock resignation ended an eight-year pontificate dominated by the priest child sex abuse scandal and efforts to counter rising secularism in the West.

He thanked the crowd with a final unscripted call, telling them: “We will always be close!”

The Vatican and Rome police estimated the numbers at more than 100,000 people — many times more than usually attend the traditional Sunday prayer.

“Holy Father, We Love You”, read one banner seen in the crowd. One read: “Thank You, Your Holiness” and another said: “Dear Father, We’ll Miss You”.

“I have come to support the pope and to ask for his blessing,” said Joao-Paulo, a 26-year-old trainee priest from Brazil who came with fellow seminarians.

Birgit Marschall, 37, a teacher from Germany, said: “He is an intellectual who speaks in simple language, who writes what we have in our hearts.”

The Vatican has said Benedict will retire to the papal summer residence of Castel Gandolfo near Rome for the next two or three months while a former monastery inside the Vatican is renovated.

Benedict has said he will live “hidden from the world” but Vatican spokesman Federico Lombardi has said he could provide “spiritual guidance” to his successor and will likely continue to publish his theological research. [AFP]

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  1. Festus ekeke

    February 25, 2013 at 9:32 pm

    I mis u pope.may ur lif nt be invane.God bles u

  2. Emeka

    February 25, 2013 at 10:45 pm

    I’ll miss our holy father. May God bless him graciously

  3. Emeka

    February 25, 2013 at 10:48 pm

    We’ll miss our holy father. May God bless him graciously

  4. Jacob

    February 26, 2013 at 1:52 pm

    Felix, Jesus condemned the teaching of the traditions of men as God’s words. Read Matt. 15:3, Mark 7:13. Paul did warn too at Col. 2:8. The Bible is inspired by God. 2 Tim. 3:16-17.

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He was re-elected in 1996 for four more years.

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