Pope Benedict XVI to retire Posted By: ricksteroni 2/11/2013 6:28:55 AM Brutally Honest, by Rick Original Article
Surprising news coming out of the Vatican this morning:
Pope Benedict XVI is to resign on February 28, the Vatican has announced.
He will be the first head of the Catholic Church to resign in almost 600 years. The Vatican said his departure would leave the post temporarily vacant.
The 85-year-old´s resignation letter said: "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...