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Francis Cardinal George’s statement on Pope Benedict’s resignation
Francis Cardinal George released this statement Monday morning regarding the resignation of Pope Benedict XVI:
Statement by Francis Cardinal George, OMI, on the announced resignation
of His Holiness, Pope Benedict XVI.
Pope Benedict XVI has, in all circumstances, placed the will of God for
the good of the Church before every other consideration. That same
resoluteness of purpose speaks in his statement announcing his
resignation from the Chair of Peter.
He has taught with clarity and charity what God has revealed to the
world in Christ; he has handed on the apostolic faith; he has loved all
of God’s people with all his heart. He has now shown great courage in
deciding, after prayer and soul-searching, to resign his office at the
end of this month.
With the gratitude of sons and daughters in our hearts, we ask the Lord
to bless him and give him strength, as we begin to pray now for the one
who will succeed him as Bishop of Rome, Successor of Peter and Vicar of
Francis Cardinal George, OMI
Archbishop of Chicago
February 11, 2013
Feast of Our Lady of Lourdes