Here are some of the most beautiful and captivating responses to the news of the Pope Benedict XVI’s resignation announcement:
“A gesture of love towards the Church — these words sum up Pope Benedict’s decision, a decision that was pondered carefully.” – Cattaneo, Italian politician
“Pope Benedict is a man with an extraordinary personality, not afraid to draw attention to his physical frailty in order to put the well-being of the Church first.” – Castagnetti, Italian political leader
“We accept this decision with faith and serenity.” – Cardinal Angelo Scola
“His choice makes us sad, but we admire him because he sends the world a clear message of integrity, courage, and hope.” – Gasbarra, a local political leader from Rome
“It is our duty to recognize the greatness of a Pope who was able to see right at the heart of the crisis of our times, to see beyond the economic crisis, a crisis of values. For this we thank him. Usually these words are spoken when a Pope passes away . . . This time, the Pope is still here with us and we can speak these words to him while we are fully aware that he will continue his mission of moral leadership.” – Angelino Alfano
“He unified Catholics and reached out to schismatic groups in hopes of drawing them back to the Church. More unities us than divides us – he said by word and deed.” – Archbishop Timothy Dolan.
“We should respect the decision of His Holiness to pass on his ministry in a selfless gesture, on health grounds, in the best interest of the church.” – First Minister of Scotland Alex Salmond
“On behalf of Americans everywhere, Michelle and I wish to extend our appreciation and prayers to His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI. Michelle and I warmly remember our meeting with the Holy Father in 2009, and I have appreciated our work together over these last four years. The Church plays a critical role in the United States and the world, and I wish the best to those who will soon gather to choose his Holiness Pope Benedict XVI’s successor.”- President Barack Obama
“In his visit to the United Kingdom, Pope Benedict showed us all something of what the vocation of the Sea of Rome can mean in practice – a witness to the universal scope of the gospel and a messenger of hope at a time when Christian faith is being called into question.” – Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby
What is your response to Pope Benedict XVI’s resignation announcement?