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Pope Benedict XVI to Resign

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LANSING, Mich. (WLNS) - The Vatican announced Monday that Pope Benedict the 16th will resign on February 28th. The 85-year-old pope will be the first to step down in nearly 600 years.

Pope Benedict announced his decision Monday morning during a meeting of Vatican Cardinals.

"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," he told the cardinals. "I am well aware that this ministry, due to its essential spiritual nature, must be carried out not only by words and deeds, but no less with prayer and suffering.

Lansing Bishop Earl Boyea said at first he was very surpised by the decision, but not shocked. The more he reflected on it, it actually became less surprising. He says the pope gave indications he might do this.

"I think the Holy Father just recognizes he has to be out there and if he can't, well then someone else should be doing this to carry on the mission of Jesus," said Bishop Boyea.

Bishop Boyea says he's looking for wisdom out of the College of Cardinals in making their choice.

"I know there's probably going to be a lot of guessing about who its going to be. My only concern is that it be God's will and that the Holy Sprit guides the process," said the bishop.

A new pope should be elected by Mid-March.


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