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February 11th, 2013
07:26 AM ET

Pope cites 'advanced age' in resignation

The Vatican says Pope Benedict XVI will tender his resignation on February 28.

- A. Hawkins

Filed under: Catholic Church • Pope Benedict XVI • Vatican

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  1. End Religion

    The Pope probably lets children determine his age by counting the rings around his trunk.

    February 11, 2013 at 5:46 pm |
  2. Uncouth Swain

    I think it's wise that he is retiring. He is at the top spot in a billion+ organization. If he feels he is no longer physically able to run it...then retiring is good and gove the Cardinals more time to pick the next Pope.

    February 11, 2013 at 1:36 pm |
  3. -.-

    Pope's sure rocking that bling.

    February 11, 2013 at 11:46 am |
    • OTOH

      I don't know if he enjoys the 'bling' or not. It's supposedly that "God" and "Jesus" are attracted to shiny things!

      February 11, 2013 at 1:40 pm |
    • Akira

      I thought that was crows...

      February 11, 2013 at 6:16 pm |
  4. AvdBerg

    For a better understanding of the history of the Papacy and the spirit the Pope serves we invite you to read the articles 'Papal Infallibility, Contradictions and Spiritual Blindness', 'The Mystery Babylon' and 'Popes and the Princes of This World', listed on our website http://www.aworlddeceived.ca

    All of the other pages and articles listed on our website explain how and by whom this whole world has been deceived as confirmed in Revelation 12:9.

    Seek, and ye shall find (Matthew 7:7)

    February 11, 2013 at 8:57 am |
    • clarity

      Revelation?? Lol – what a mess. So old John was got bored on his island and had a little too much myrrh one night, and started screaming like Bobcat Goldthwait. Someone put a pen in his hand and said 'tell us what you see!'.

      February 11, 2013 at 11:41 am |
    • TrollAlert

      This poster is a well known TROLL on this site, don't bother going to their website they are only trying to sell their book and cult. Click the report abuse link instead!

      February 11, 2013 at 12:45 pm |
  5. GulpOff

    Advanced age? Hugh Heffner damn well wouldn't agree with you, Rat-Poop!

    February 11, 2013 at 8:26 am |
    • Mirosal

      well, ol' Hugh Hefner doesn't go to any lengths to hide his se'x-capades like the Po'op .. oops I mean the Pope does.

      February 11, 2013 at 8:28 am |
  6. Reality

    Too late and not nearly enough to save a fast-sinking ship !!!

    February 11, 2013 at 7:55 am |
  7. Byrd

    Interesting choice, Bene, announcing your retirement of the first day of the Year of the Snake.

    Here's one for you: So this snake says to Eve, "Take, eat...", and Adam takes a bite too.
    Just as Bene and his birdcage each Sunday begin communion with the same, "Take, eat..."

    Glad to see you go, RatMan, but this Son of Adam neither eats nor drinks of your foul concoctions, or listens to your purposely twisted words.

    Begone.

    February 11, 2013 at 7:44 am |
  8. HotAirAce

    The Rat has looked dead for years. Is this the first resignation from a grave?

    February 11, 2013 at 7:35 am |
  9. Bill Deacon's Conscience

    Well, Billy, are you going to buy into the health condition ruse? Other popes have had an attendant ready with a body bag just in case and/or weeks long death bed vigils. Lets face it they backed old Ratzinger into a corner and he had no choice, bring on the next rat, ah, pope.

    February 11, 2013 at 7:34 am |
  10. Atheism is not healthy for children and other living things

    Pray without ceasing
    Prayer changes things

    February 11, 2013 at 7:31 am |
    • Jesus

      Prayer does not; you are such a LIAR. You have NO proof it changes anything! A great example of prayer proven not to work is the Christians in jail because prayer didn't work and their children died. For example: Susan Grady, who relied on prayer to heal her son. Nine-year-old Aaron Grady died and Susan Grady was arrested.

      An article in the Journal of Pediatrics examined the deaths of 172 children from families who relied upon faith healing from 1975 to 1995. They concluded that four out of five ill children, who died under the care of faith healers or being left to prayer only, would most likely have survived if they had received medical care.

      The statistical studies from the nineteenth century and the three CCU studies on prayer are quite consistent with the fact that humanity is wasting a huge amount of time on a procedure that simply doesn’t work. Nonetheless, faith in prayer is so pervasive and deeply rooted, you can be sure believers will continue to devise future studies in a desperate effort to confirm their beliefs!

      February 11, 2013 at 8:25 am |

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