February 12th, 2013
07:08 AM ET

No specific illness forced Pope Benedict to step down, spokesman says

The pope is not suffering from any specific disease that forced him to resign, his spokesman said Tuesday. He is resigning because he does not feel he has the strength to continue, the Rev. Federico Lombardi said.

Lombardi emphasized that Benedict remains pope until Feb. 28, when his resignation takes effect.

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  1. justin

    if the guy what to retry he shuold be able to and at his age he should at petty old and would u retry if u was that old

    February 12, 2013 at 7:28 am | Report abuse |
  2. justin

    what would do if u was in his shoe

    February 12, 2013 at 7:29 am | Report abuse |
  3. justin

    popes they get A lot of repest so he hav all the right to retry

    February 12, 2013 at 7:31 am | Report abuse |
  4. Joey Isotta-Fraschini ©™

    I do not believe that there is not a terrible cause of the Pope's resignation, but I also believe that the Vatican well never reveal that cause.
    It is gratifying to read, accompanying reports of this event, that atheism is on the rise in both Europe and the USA.

    February 12, 2013 at 8:18 am | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      JIF, I would like to think that perhaps Benedict is suffering from a attack of the conscience and is reflecting on some of his past actions regarding pedophilia within the RCC; I am also cognizant that this is wishful thinking.

      February 12, 2013 at 12:29 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Mary

    @ Joey, It will be gratifying to know that atheism will be destroyed in gehenna

    February 12, 2013 at 8:24 am | Report abuse |
    • Joey Isotta-Fraschini ©™

      Have a pleasant day, Mary: when these days are over, there are no more.

      February 12, 2013 at 8:52 am | Report abuse |
    • wut

      How do you destroy a lack of belief? Just provide proof that your delusion is real and the nurse will be with you shortly.

      February 12, 2013 at 10:09 am | Report abuse |
  6. wut

    The RCC is an international criminal organization as well as being a hostile foreign government. They have been hiding the money for centuries. Trillions of dollars await the country with the balls to enforce the law against the RCC. Who? Not us.

    February 12, 2013 at 10:13 am | Report abuse |
  7. wut

    Step down from what? A fake position made up to fool people? He has no authority here or anywhere. Never did.

    February 12, 2013 at 10:21 am | Report abuse |
    • ronvan

      Wut: While I understand your comment I would just like to say that for MANY religions it is "the blind leading the blind"!
      Don't get me wrong, I beleive & have faith, in my savior. HOWEVER, it does not mean that I blindly follow all of these "teachings" I constantly have, MANY, unanswered questions, that no one on this planet can answer 100%! Religious books have been written, re written, embelished, changed, stories omitted, ALL by humans!

      February 13, 2013 at 9:04 am | Report abuse |
  8. chrissy

    @ Mary: Faith is a JOURNEY not a GUILT TRIP! You cannot guilt people into believing as you do, time and experiences will make them believe what they believe!

    February 12, 2013 at 11:35 am | Report abuse |
  9. bobcat (in a hat)©

    Gehenna, Hades, Sheol
    You do realize that all three words have one common meaning right ? They all are a description of the place of the dead. As in the grave.
    Gehenna itself is actually better known as The valley of the son of Hinnom. This was an area outside of ancient Jerusalem where children were sacrificed to Moloch.
    These terms were later incororated into the hebrew, christian, and islamic faiths as a destination for the evil, ie, a burning hell.
    So as you can see, this again is a case of extreme interpretation.
    You're welcome.

    February 12, 2013 at 1:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • bobcat (in a hat)©

      Whoops, I dropped th P. Should be incorporated.

      February 12, 2013 at 1:20 pm | Report abuse |
  10. AnyaV

    Neither health nor the age are the causes to retire in this case. It does not matter how deep we dig ee will never know the truth. However, all I can say that Vatican has always been known as the place of intrigues and bad politics since thousands years ago, so maybe this is the way of Pope Benedict XVI to deal with it.

    February 12, 2013 at 7:59 pm | Report abuse |