Pope To Resign Feb. 28, Says He's Too Infirm - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

Pope To Resign Feb. 28 Due To Age, Health Reasons; Conclave Expected In March

Posted: Updated:

VATICAN CITY (AP) - Pope Benedict is stepping down on Feb. 28, becoming the first pontiff in 600 years to resign.
    
The 85-year-old pope says he lacks the strength to fulfill his duties.
    
The surprise announcement came today during a meeting of Vatican cardinals. It sets the stage for a conclave in March to elect a new leader for world's 1 billion Catholics.
    
Benedict says that carrying out the duties of being pope requires "both strength of mind and body." And he says he has concluded that his strengths "are no longer suited" to doing the job adequately.
    
The Vatican says no specific medical condition prompted Benedict's decision. In recent years, the pope has slowed down significantly, cutting back his foreign travel and limiting his audiences. His 89-year-old brother says doctors had recently advised the pope not to take any more trans-Atlantic trips.
    
Benedict had made clear in the past he would step down if he became too old or infirm to do the job.
    
When he was elected in 2005 at age 78, he was the oldest pope chosen in nearly 300 years and had been planning to retire to his native Bavaria.

Report: Pope was considering quitting for months
    
BERLIN (AP) - The pope's brother, Georg Ratzinger, says the pontiff had been advised by his doctor not to take any more transatlantic trips and had been considering stepping down for months.
    
Pope Benedict announced today that he's resigning Feb. 28.
    
Georg Ratzinger tells the news agency dpa that his brother is having increasing difficulty walking and that his resignation is part of a "natural process."
    
Ratzinger says, "His age is weighing on him.

NY Cardinal Dolan: Startled by pope's announcement

    
NEW YORK (AP) - New York Cardinal Timothy Dolan says he was as startled as the rest of the world about Pope Benedict XVI's announcement that he will resign later this month due to failing health.
    
Dolan says he feels a special bond with the pope because he was the one that appointed him archbishop of New York.
    
Dolan, speaking on the "Today" show Monday, says he wears the ring and the cross the pope gave him.
    
The pope announced Monday that he would resign Feb. 28 because he's simply too infirm to carry on.
    
Dolan says the conclave to elect to a new pope would do well to look for the kinds of qualities Pope Benedict possessed: knowledge about the world, a theological depth, personal piety and linguistic talent.

 

  • Most Popular StoriesMost Popular StoriesMore>>

  • CAUGHT ON VIDEO: Lightning strike nearly hits Hayden woman

    CAUGHT ON VIDEO: Lightning strike nearly hits Hayden woman

    Wednesday, August 20 2014 7:14 PM EDT2014-08-20 23:14:57 GMT
    HAYDEN, Idaho- A Hayden woman says her mother is extremely lucky to be alive after a bolt of lightning struck a foot away from her. It happened Tuesday evening when a storm system rolled through, bringing lightning, thunder, rain and hail.>>
    HAYDEN, Idaho- A Hayden woman says her mother is extremely lucky to be alive after a bolt of lightning struck a foot away from her. It happened Tuesday evening when a storm system rolled through, bringing lightning, thunder, rain and hail.>>
  • PHOTOS: Harvest 2014

    PHOTOS: Harvest 2014

    Wednesday, August 20 2014 4:23 PM EDT2014-08-20 20:23:55 GMT
    SPOKANE, Wash. - One of the great parts about living in Spokane, is if you head out of town in any direction, you're going to run into some beautiful farm land. I grew up south of Spokane, near Plaza, and one of my favorite things to do was to sit on the porch at night and stare south towards Rosalia at all of the rolling hills of wheat, lentils, barley and peas. >>
    SPOKANE, Wash. - One of the great parts about living in Spokane, is if you head out of town in any direction, you're going to run into some beautiful farm land. I grew up south of Spokane, near Plaza, and one of my favorite things to do was to sit on the porch at night and stare south towards Rosalia at all of the rolling hills of wheat, lentils, barley and peas. >>
  • Wheat farmers taking a double hit as prices drop and weather takes its toll

    Wheat farmers taking a double hit as prices drop and weather takes its toll

    Wednesday, August 20 2014 7:29 PM EDT2014-08-20 23:29:24 GMT
    SPOKANE, Wash. - Experts with the Washington Grain Commission say wheat production is at its lowest since 2008. Glen Squires with the Washington Grain Commission says the current average price per bushel of wheat is around $6.20 down from last year's price at $7.53. Dry conditions in Eastern Washington is also taking its toll on wheat farmers. >>
    SPOKANE, Wash. - Experts with the Washington Grain Commission say wheat production is at its lowest since 2008. Glen Squires with the Washington Grain Commission says the current average price per bushel of wheat is around $6.20 down from last year's price at $7.53. Dry conditions in Eastern Washington is also taking its toll on wheat farmers. >>
  • Top Stories from KHQTop StoriesMore>>

  • The Salvation Army to give away 5,000 backpacks

    The Salvation Army to give away 5,000 backpacks

    Thursday, August 21 2014 10:51 AM EDT2014-08-21 14:51:08 GMT
    KHQ.com - The Salvation Army is giving out 5,000 backpacks filled with supplies on Thursday as part of the Backpacks for Kids campaign.The campaign is one of the largest backpack and school supply distribution in the Northwest Region. The annual Backpacks for Kids Distribution and Resource Fair will take place Thursday, August 21st and is free and open to the public.>>
    KHQ.com - The Salvation Army is giving out 5,000 backpacks filled with supplies on Thursday as part of the Backpacks for Kids campaign.The campaign is one of the largest backpack and school supply distribution in the Northwest Region. The annual Backpacks for Kids Distribution and Resource Fair will take place Thursday, August 21st and is free and open to the public.>>
  • ALS ICE BUCKET CHALLENGE: More than $30 million raised since July 29th

    ALS ICE BUCKET CHALLENGE: More than $30 million raised since July 29th

    Thursday, August 21 2014 2:43 AM EDT2014-08-21 06:43:11 GMT
    KOOTENAI COUNTY, IDAHO- There's the ice bucket challenge, and then there's the ice FRONT LOADER challenge. That's what employees at Kootenai Electric Cooperative used. Three front loaders, actually.>>
    SPOKANE, Wash.- On Wednesday Spokane Mayor David Condon made good on his promise to take part in the ALS ice bucket challenge. Mayor Condon did the challenge around noon on the Gonzaga Prep football field. Members of the school's football team were also there. The mayor is a G-prep alumnus, and received the ice bucket challenge from several people.>>
  • PENTAGON CONFIRMS: Foley rescue attempt failed earlier this summer

    PENTAGON CONFIRMS: Foley rescue attempt failed earlier this summer

    Wednesday, August 20 2014 11:16 PM EDT2014-08-21 03:16:50 GMT
    WASHINGTON, D.C.- Wednesday afternoon the Pentagon released information about a rescue operation to free James Foley and other U.S. hostages held in Syria by Islamist militants. Several dozen troops flew in by helicopter, but couldn't find the hostages. One of those hostages was James Foley.>>
    WASHINGTON, D.C.- Wednesday afternoon the Pentagon released information about a rescue operation to free James Foley and other U.S. hostages held in Syria by Islamist militants. Several dozen troops flew in by helicopter, but couldn't find the hostages. One of those hostages was James Foley.>>