February 11, 2013
REGARDING TODAY'S ANNOUNCEMENT FROM THE VATICAN
"From his work as a young theologian at Vatican II to his ministry as universal pastor of the Church, Joseph Ratzinger has served God and the global Christian community with intelligence, eloquence and extraordinary self-sacrifice.
As Pope Benedict XVI, he has led God's people through complicated times with uncommon grace, and his stepping down now, at 85, from the burdens of his office is another sign of his placing the needs of the Church above his own. Catholics worldwide owe him a tremendous debt of gratitude. He will remain in our hearts and always be in our prayers."
+Charles J. Chaput, O.F.M. Cap.
Archbishop of Philadelphia
Kenneth A. Gavin
Associate Director of Communications