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.
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