Pope Benedict XVI Abdicates Papacy – 11th Feb 2013
The Catholic Diocese has today reacted with shock and disbelief at the announcement by Pope Benedict the 16th, that he is stepping down as Pope at the end of February. The 85-year-old Pope is stepping down for health reasons, in what will be the first abdication of the Papacy in nearly 700 years.
The decision to step down has surprised many across the globe, including the Pope’s brother who said, he had no clue that his brother was contemplating such a move.
The Cardinals from across the world will meet in secret in Rome to elect a new Pope and this may be in little over a month from now.
In Guyana, Judicial Vicar of the Catholic Diocese in Guyana, Father John Persaud said, that it was indeed shocking to the Catholic Community to hear the news.
Father Persaud, who is also acting as the Archbishop of Port-of-Spain, said that the suggestions of some to have a younger Pope may be a good one.
Father Persaud said that though the Caribbean Region has no Cardinal for this region, their views will be taken into consideration.
Pope Benedict the 16th was appointed in 2005 and was the first German in more than 1ooo years to have been elected as Pope.