On the one year anniversary of Benedict XVI’s announcement of his decision to resign from the Petrine ministry, Pope Francis has sent a tweet, asking the world to join him in prayer for the retired pontiff.
“Today I invite you to pray together with me for His Holiness Benedict
XVI, a man of great courage and humility,” the Pope’s Feb. 11 tweet
Exactly one year ago, retired Pope Benedict XVI shocked the world when
he announced to a gathering of cardinals that he was resigning his
office as Bishop of Rome, an event which has not happened in almost 600
Citing his advanced age as the primary factor in his decision, Benedict
revealed that “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
Only two other Pope’s have resigned from their post in the history of
the Church, the first being St. Celestine V in 1294, and the last was
Gregory VII, in 1415.
Benedict XVI’s retirement officially went into effect on Feb. 28, 2013
when he traveled to the Vatican’s summer residence at Castel Gandolfo,
and later moved into his permanent residence in the Vatican’s monastery
“Mater Ecclesiae,” which lies just west of St. Peter’s Basilica.
The retired pontiff has stated that in this final stage of his Earthly pilgrimage, he will live a life dedicated to prayer.
Among the many legacies that Benedict has left for the Church, the most
important have been said to be his promotion of the beauty of the
traditional liturgy, as well as his efforts in forging stronger