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Pope Benedict XVI to resign

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Pope Benedict XVI announces his resignation in a surprise statement

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Pope Benedict XVI is to resign at the end of this month after nearly eight years as the head of the Catholic Church, saying he is too old to continue at the age of 85.

The unexpected development – the first papal resignation in nearly 600 years – surprised governments, Vatican-watchers and even his closest aides.

The Vatican says it expects a new Pope to be elected before Easter.

Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger became Pope in 2005 after John Paul II’s death.

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“I have had to recognise my incapacity to adequately fulfil the ministry entrusted to me”  Pope Benedict XVI

The BBC’s David Willey in Rome says the move has come as a shock – but adds that in theory there has never been anything stopping Pope Benedict or any of his predecessors from stepping aside.

Under the Catholic Church’s governing code, Canon Law, the only conditions for the validity of such a resignation are that it be made freely and be properly published.

But resignation is extremely rare: the last Pope to step aside was Pope Gregory XII, who resigned in 1415 amid a schism within the Church.

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A Vatican spokesman, Father Federico Lombardi, said that even Pope Benedict’s closest aides did not know what he was planning to do and were left “incredulous”. He added that the decision showed “great courage” and “determination”.  Read further in BBC

The Muslim Times’ Editor’s comments: We wish the Pope all the best.

The Pope may now have more time at his disposal to read about Islam.  We have several articles, just for him, in our website, Islam for the West.

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5 Responses to Pope Benedict XVI to resign

  1. Shanna Carson

    February 11, 2013 at 8:28 am

    Can we expect the Catholic change with the next Pope? I don’t really think so. Cardinal Marc Ouellet, formerly the archbishop of Quebec City, has the best odds of replacing Pope Benedict XVI, but he is an extremely conservative man who will definitely not want the Catholic church to change. He is expected to be a carbon copy Pope Benedict XVI.

  2. Zia H. Shah MD - Twitter: @ZiahShah1

    February 11, 2013 at 9:37 am

    One of the reforms that I would suggest in light of a Quranic verse, would be giving up of celibacy, which will help with the shortage of priests and also help with the issue of pedophilia among the priests:

    Then We caused Our Messengers to follow in their footsteps; and We caused Jesus, son of Mary, to follow them, and We gave him the Gospel. And We placed in the hearts of those who accepted him compassion and mercy. But monasticism which they invented for themselves — We did not prescribe it for them — for the seeking of Allah’s pleasure; but they did not observe it with due observance. Yet We gave those of them who believed their due reward, but many of them are rebellious. (Al Quran 57:28)

  3. Akram Khalid

    February 13, 2013 at 4:28 am

    First time, since the claim of Mirza Ghulam Ahmad as Promised Messiah.

  4. Ch. Maqbool Ahmad Journalist

    February 26, 2013 at 4:36 pm

    It shocked christian community that Pope Benedict is going to give resign. It is time for Christians to accept Islam and follows the teachings of Islam.

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