Pope Benedict XVI has announced he will resign on February 28th, saying he no longer had the strength to fulfill the duties of his office.
According Vatican spokesman, Federico Lombardi “The Pope announced that he will leave his ministry at 8:00 pm on February 28.”
The 85-year-old Pope announced his decision in Latin during a meeting of Vatican cardinals on Monday morning.
“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.
Meanwhile Bishop of Roseau, Most Reverend Gabriel Malzaire, has issued a statement on the Pope’s resignation in which he calls on Catholic “clergy and faithful alike” to pray for the election of a new Pope.
Below is the audio of the full statement by Bishop Malzaire.