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Sentamu: Pope Benedict XVI will be missed
THE Archbishop of York said Pope Benedict XVI is a great theologian who will be missed.
Pope Benedict became Pontiff in 2005 at the age of 78, and announced his resignation this morning, claiming he was too old and infirm to carry on in the role at the age of 85.
In a satement released by the Vatican, he said: "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
"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.
"However, in today's world, subject to so many rapid changes and shaken by questions of deep relevance for the life of faith, in order to govern the barque of St. Peter and proclaim the Gospel, both strength of mind and body are necessary - strengths which in the last few months, has deteriorated in me to the extent that I have had to recognise my incapacity to adequately fulfil the ministry entrusted to me."
The Archbishop of York, Dr John Sentamu, said Pope Benedict would be missed.
He said: "With the news that Pope Benedict XVI will resign at the end of February, the Christian world will miss a great theologian with great spiritual depth.
"We should remember Pope Benedict communicated the revelation of God in a characteristic way as a true successor of St Peter. He was unafraid to proclaim the Gospel and challenge a culture that is so self-referential, managing to lift our eyes to God's glory.”