Archive for February 11th, 2013


I have convoked you to this Consistory, not only for the three canonizations, but also to communicate to you a decision of great importance for the life of the Church.

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 with 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 bark of Saint Peter and proclaim the Gospel, both strength of mind and body are necessary, strength which in the last few months, has deteriorated in me to the extent that I have had to recognize my incapacity to adequately fulfill the ministry entrusted to me.

For this reason, and well aware of the seriousness of this act, with full freedom I declare that I renounce the ministry of Bishop of Rome, Successor of Saint Peter, entrusted to me by the Cardinals on 19 April 2005, in such a way, that as from 28 February 2013, at 20:00 hours, the See of Rome, the See of Saint Peter, will be vacant and a Conclave to elect the new Supreme Pontiff will have to be convoked by those whose competence it is.

Dear Brothers, I thank you most sincerely for all the love and work with which you have supported me in my ministry and I ask pardon for all my defects. And now, let us entrust the Holy Church to the care of Our Supreme Pastor, Our Lord Jesus Christ, and implore his holy Mother Mary, so that she may assist the Cardinal Fathers with her maternal solicitude, in electing a new Supreme Pontiff. With regard to myself, I wish to also devotedly serve the Holy Church of God in the future through a life dedicated to prayer.

I was so shocked to learn about this a few minutes ago but it is official. The Pope is resigning effective February 28, 2013. Then the Holy See will be declared sede vacante. During this period, the Holy See is administered by a  regency  of the College of Cardinals.
THANK YOU so much POPE BENEDICT, we will pray for you! And I am praying that the cardinals would all be guided  by the Holy Spirit to choose well the next Pope of the Catholic Church.

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Life is beautiful, why would you let yourself think otherwise? Never give up. There are more things to appreciate in life than to complain about.

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There is a saying that goes, home is where the heart is. And sometimes our heart lies in simple things, appreciating the beauty of what is around us.


Silence is golden. And our cat is enjoying the silence of resting in our small garden with the morning sun and the occasional chirps of birds around.


The joys of friendship, just being there for each other and at peace with the world while enjoying a good swing in our garden hammock.


There is no better way to spend one’s time than enjoying good books on a lazy afternoon.  Reading is a treasured hobby that I would always enjoy.


Having a good cup of morning coffee with hot pan de sal. What more could you ask for?

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