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By his renunciation, the Pope « has spoken more strongly than many of his writings »



Reactions in the face of Popes resignation

20/02/2013: General House

We know that on Monday 11 February, during the presentation of three causes of  canonisation to the Consistory, Pope Benedict XVI anounced his resignation, saying that « because of his advanced age » he no longer felt « the strength to exercise the Petrine ministry adequately ». The reactions arriving from all corners of the world have been very numerous. Many have emphasized the Pope’s love for the Church, and his detachment from power, his humility and courage, his freedom in putting a fullstop to his ministry as Pope (read the Pope's declaration - www.vatican.va).

Our Superior General has also expressed his opinion in the review Vida Nueva:

For  Emili Turú, Superior General of the Marists, the gesture of Benedict XVI "is edifying", shows that "he does not cling to the powerful image of the Pope" and proves that every person has "his greatness and his limits". By his renunciation, the Pope "has spoken more strongly than many of his writings", which should make the whole Church "reflect". "His gesture has aroused admiration among believers, but many other persons have felt challenged in their turn," Br. Emili states.

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