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Pope Benedict's Resignation 'Shocking News'

Pope Benedict XVI announcement that he is resigning effective Feb. 28 surprises staff at Mary Our Queen Catholic Church in Peachtree Corners.

The news this morning that Pope Benedict XVI was resigning sent shockwaves throughout Peachtree Corners and the world.

The pope announced today that he is resigning, effective Feb. 28. Archdiocese of Atlanta Archbishop Wilton Gregory will hold a press conference at 1 p.m. today in Smyrna to address questions and concerns.

"It’s very new," said Meaghan Schroeder, assistant communications director for the Archdiocese of Atlanta. "Everyone's just trying to digest it all."

The pope's resignation letter reads in part:

"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... 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..."

Pope Benedict XVI was born in 1927, in Bavaria, as Joseph Aloisius Ratzinger, and is the 265th pope. The last pope to resign was Gregory XII, in 1415.

Were you shocked also to hear of the pope's resignation?

Smyrnan February 11, 2013 at 06:10 PM
Popes don't resign. Watch the HBO documentary Mea Maxima Culpa and you'll understand what's happening. The Vatican/Church has aided and abetted pedophiles. Before he was Pope Ratzinger had all of the those files sent to him. He's sitting on all of that information. They also sheltered and helped the Nazis escape Germany. I was born an atheist but raised a Catholic. Left the church at 16 when I was finally able to. Never looked back. I believe the Vatican should be neither a city nor a nation and under the same national and international laws as the country it's located in. The Vatican became it's own country because of the deal it made with Mussolini.

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