(Vatican Radio) Pope Benedict XVI announced his resignation from the Petrine office
on Monday morning, effective February 28th, 2013 at 8PM Rome Time. The
Director of the Press Office of the Holy See, Fr. Federico Lombardi, SJ, gave a briefing
to journalists in the Press Office of the Holy See at 12:30 PM Monday afternoon, during
which he clarified the following points:
- Pope Benedict XVI
has given his resignation freely, in accordance with Canon 332 §2 of the Code of Canon
Pope Benedict XVI will not take part in the Conclave for the election of his successor.
Pope Benedict XVI will move to the Papal residence in Castel Gandolfo when his resignation shall become effective.
When renovation work on the monastery of cloistered nuns inside the Vatican is complete, the Holy Father will move there for a period of prayer and reflection.