Tags: Pope Benedict Resigns | pope | benedict | resigns | health

Obama: ‘Catholic Church Plays Critical Role in US, World’

Monday, 11 Feb 2013 01:09 PM

By Christiana Lilly

President Barack Obama extended his thoughts and prayers to Pope Benedict XVI in a statement after the Catholic leader announced his resignation Monday morning.

“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,” according to the statement.

The president added that he and First Lady Michelle Obama “warmly remember” meeting the Pope in 2009 and “appreciated” the work they have done since.

The 85-year-old Pope made the surprise announcement Monday morning, citing his health that has “deteriorated” in the last few months.

“I have to recognize my incapacity to adequately fulfill the ministry entrusted to me,” he said in his resignation, which very few insiders were aware of.

He is the first pope to resign from the highest rank in the Catholic Church in almost 600 years. The last was Pope Gregory XII in 1415.

© 2015 Newsmax. All rights reserved.

Around the Web
Join the Newsmax Community
Please review Community Guidelines before posting a comment.
>> Register to share your comments with the community.
>> Login if you are already a member.
blog comments powered by Disqus
 
Email:
Country
Zip Code:
Privacy: We never share your email.
 
Hot Topics
Follow Newsmax
Like us
on Facebook
Follow us
on Twitter
Add us
on Google Plus
Around the Web
Top Stories
You May Also Like

Lynch Pledges Independence If Confirmed as Attorney General

Wednesday, 28 Jan 2015 10:56 AM

Under pressure from Republicans, Loretta Lynch promised a fresh relationship with law enforcement and with Congress on W . . .

Koch Brothers Budget $889 Million for 2016

Monday, 26 Jan 2015 16:27 PM

Freedom Partners, the political operation run by the Koch brothers, has budgeted $889 million for its political activiti . . .

Steve Forbes to Newsmax TV: Scott Walker Made 'Huge' Iowa Impact

Monday, 26 Jan 2015 15:04 PM

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker emerged from a political pageant in Iowa over the weekend looking like a contender for the p . . .

Most Commented

Newsmax, Moneynews, Newsmax Health, and Independent. American. are registered trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc. Newsmax TV, and Newsmax World are trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc.

 
NEWSMAX.COM
America's News Page
©  Newsmax Media, Inc.
All Rights Reserved