By Jane Nambi
Pope Benedict XVI has announced that at the end of this month, he will be retiring.The information was confirmed by the Vatican. Pople Benedict, 85, took over the reigns of leading the Catholic church after the death of Pope John Paul II. There is no clear reason as to why he has decided to retire but the reasons are yet to be communicated.It has almost not been heard of that a Pope has retired. The Pope announced his resignation through a statement which said, “I have convoked you to this Consistory, not only for the three canonisations, 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.”
The statement went on to add saying, “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.”
This resignation means that until they can find a successor, the seat of Pope shall be vacant.