- Cardinals, Heads of State Applaud Pontiff's 'Courageous Decision'
- A vocation "is a response to a divine call," and we must never grow discouraged "in proclaiming Christ to all people, even to the ends of the earth." This was the message of Pope Benedict XVI during his Sunday Angelus, commenting on the Sunday Gospel reading about the call of the first two disciples. The Holy Father said human weakness should not be afraid if God calls. We must rely more and more on the power of his mercy, which transforms and renews. Greeting the faithful after the Angelus, the Pope called for peace, harmony, and gratitude to Heaven to those in the Far East celebrating the Lunar New Year. He then spoke about the World Day of the Sick, which is being celebrating on Monday
Vatican City, Feb. 1.. (Zenit).─ As news of Pope Benedict XVI's resignation spread worldwide, prelates and dignitaries from around the world reacted with surprise and support for the Holy Father's decision.
Archbishop Vincent Nichols, president of the Catholic Bishops Conference of England and Wales stated that today's announcement has "shocked and surprised everyone." However, Archbishop Nichols said that on reflection that the Holy Father's decision will be recognized as one of "great courage and characteristic clarity of mind and action."
"The Holy Father recognizes the challenges facing the Church and that 'strength of mind and body are necessary' for his tasks of governing the Church and proclaiming the Gospel," Archbishop Nichols stated in a communique released today.
Read more ...