Pope Benedict XVI

On Feb. 11, 2013, Pope Benedict XVI announced that he would resign from the papacy as of Feb. 28. The 85-year-old pontiff said that due to his age, he no longer had the strengths to exercise his ministry over the universal church. He is the first pope to resign in over 600 years.

Over the next few weeks, the Diocese of Charleston will update this page with details on the media coverage and public events related to the Holy Father's resignation and the election of the new pope.
The Catholic Miscellany Coverage
In digital age, Vatican sticks with smoke, bells to announce results
Voting for new pope to begin March 12
Conclave date announced
Pope says he's going from humble servant to simple pilgrim
Cardinals begin pre-conclave meetings at Vatican
Pope says he's going from humble servant to simple pilgrim
In farewell to cardinals, Pope Benedict pledges obedience to next pope
Benedict XVI will be "Pontiff emeritus"
Pope Benedict: I am not abandoning the church
Changing rules, pope allows cardinals to move up conclave date
Pope Benedict's resignation will set in motion period of transition


Statement from Bishop Robert E. Guglielmone about the Resignation of Pope Benedict XVI


Bishop Robert E. Guglielmone's Press Conference Regarding the Resignation of Pope Benedict XV


Statement from Bishop Robert E. Guglielmone Regarding the Resignation of Pope Benedict XVI - February 11, 2013
Pope Benedict XVI’s statement at the consistory of cardinals gathered to approve the canonization of new saints. - February 10, 2013