SHREWSBURY, MO (KTVI) – Monday morning the Vatican gave the surprising announcement Pope Benedict will resign February 28. Citing health concerns, the pope says he doesn't have the strength to continue as the head of the Catholic Church.
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People in St. Louis are just as stunned as people all around the world.
Here is the official statement from the Archdiocese of St. Louis:
The people of the Archdiocese of Saint Louis and Catholics around the world learned today that our Holy Father Pope Benedict XVI announced his resignation effective February 28, 2013, because of advanced age and declining health. He made this surprise announcement to the Cardinals in Rome earlier this morning.
In this Year of Faith, we pray for the Holy Father and offer him our fraternal support. We have been blessed by his leadership in boldly proclaiming the Gospel of Jesus Christ and challenging us all to draw close to Christ. We also begin our prayer for the Cardinals of the Church as they prepare to go to Rome to elect a successor.
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