Pope: Resignation Is 'For The Good Of The Church'

Loading
Error

/

Download
Embed Code

Copy/paste the following code

Donate

In his first public appearance since announcing his resignation on Monday, Pope Benedict XVI said, "I took this decision in full freedom for the good of the Church after praying for a long time and examining my conscience before God." He expressed confidence that the church would not be harmed by his decision, voicing his "certainty that the church belongs to Christ, who will never stop guiding it and caring for it." The Vatican announced that a conclave to elect his successor will start sometime between March 15 and March 20.

Copyright 2016 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.

Copyright NPR. View this article on npr.org.