St. Louis Archdiocese's statement on Pope Benedict's resignation

The following is the statement of the Archdiocese of St. Louis regarding Pope Benedict XVI's resignation (followed by the statement in Spanish): The people of the Archdiocese of Saint Louis and Catholics around the world learned today that our Holy Father Pope Benedict XVI announced his resignation effective February 28, 2013, because of advanced age and declining health. He made this surprise announcement to the Cardinals in Rome earlier this morning.

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