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Paris reacts to Pope resignation

by AFP Videos 0:39 mins

Paris reacts to Pope resignation

by AFP Videos 0:39 mins

SHOTLIST: PARIS, FRANCE, FEBRUARY 11, 2013, SOURCE: AFPTV - VAR exteriors of Notre Dame cathedral - VAR of journalist interviewing visitors SOUNDBITE 1 Vox pop (man) (French, 14 sec): "It pains me. I'm two years older than he is but it doesn't surprise me. And I think it's a wise decision. I see it like that." ASSISI, ITALY, OCTOBER 27, 2011, SOURCE: TELEPACE -CU Pope Benedict. BERLIN, SEPTEMBER 22, 2011, SOURCE: TELEPACE -VAR of Pope Benedict in the Reichstag PARIS, FRANCE, FEBRUARY 11, 2013, SOURCE: AFPTV SOUNDBITE 2 Vox pop (man) (French, 11 sec): "I think the Church has been in crisis for a long time because the Church is too conservative. I'd say it has to renew itself." ROME, DECEMBER 18, 2011, SOURCE: TELEPACE -Pope Benedict greeting prisoners in Ribbebia prison -Pope Benedict giving mass at the prison. /// ----------------------------------------- AFP TEXT STORY: Vatican-religion-pope-resign,lead Pope says will resign on Feb 28: Vatican VATICAN CITY, Feb 11, 2013 (AFP) - Pope Benedict XVI announced Monday he will resign on February 28 because his age prevented him from carrying out his duties, an unprecedented move in the modern history of the Catholic Church. "After having repeatedly examined my conscience before God, I have come to the certainty that my strengths, due to an advanced age, are no longer suited to an adequate exercise of the Petrine ministry," the 85-year-old pope told a meeting of cardinals. "In order to govern the bark of Saint Peter and proclaim the Gospel, both strength of mind and body are necessary, strength which in the last few months, has deteriorated in me to the extent that I have had to recognise my incapacity to adequately fulfill the ministry entrusted to me," he said. "For this reason, and well aware of the seriousness of this act, with full freedom I declare that I renounce the ministry of Bishop of Rome, Successor of Saint Peter, entrusted to me by the Cardinals on 19 April 2005, in such a way, that as from 28 February 2013, at 20:00 hours, the See of Rome, the See of Saint Peter, will be vacant and a Conclave to elect the new Supreme Pontiff will have to be convoked by those whose competence it is," he said. Pope Benedict had hinted in a book of interviews in 2010 that he might resign if he felt he was no longer able to carry out his duties. jlv/dt/txw

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