Eye-witness account of Pope Benedict’s announcement of his resignation

Monsignor Oscar Sanchez Barba from Guadalajara in Mexico in Rome for the announcement of the date for the canonisation of the Blessed Lupita Garcia, a nun has given an eye-witness account of Pope Benedict’s announcement of his resignation:

We were all in the Sala del Concistorio in the third loggia of the Apostolic palace. After giving the date for the canonisation, the 12th of May, the pope took a sheet of paper and read from it.

He just said that he was resigning and that he would be finishing on February 28.

We were all left … [he tailed off, lost for words]

The cardinals were just looking at one another. Then the pope got to his feet, gave his benediction and left. It was so simple; the simplest thing imaginable. Extraordinary. Nobody expected it.

Then we all left in silence. There was absolute silence … and sadness.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2013/feb/11/pope-resigns-live-reaction

 

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