11 February 2013 (ACNS) - The Patriarch of Saint Stephen made the following statement in response to the announcement of Pope Benedict XVI that he intends to resign at the end of the month.
We wish the Holy Father a blessed and spiritually rewarding retirement and thank him for the kindness which he has shown us. It will never be forgotten. Now let us all follow the Holy Father's example of trusting in the Lord and doing His will. Let us never be afraid for the future of the Church, and let us be always thankful for this period in which the Church has been blessed with the pontificate of Joseph Ratzinger, Benedict XVI.