Archbishop Henry J. Mansell expressed gratitude and admiration for Pope Benedict XVI after hearing Feb. 11 that the pope has decided to resign from the papacy, effective Feb. 28. The archbishop also urged "the unification of all Catholics" in prayer for the pope.
Statement from Archbishop Henry J. Mansell on the resignation of Pope Benedict XVI
We voice our sentiments of gratitude, appreciation, respect, esteem and admiration for Pope Benedict XVI and his significant leadership as Pope since April 19, 2005. We have all been amazed at the very demanding schedule that he has kept over these years, from early morning to late at night. In his trips around the world, we were particularly impressed by his countless celebrations of Masses and other ceremonies; we heard the major speeches he gave; and we participated in the meetings he held with world leaders and people of every neighborhood.
This is a time that calls for the unification of all Catholics from around the world to pray for Pope Benedict XVI as he prepares for his resignation at the end of the month, and to ask our loving God to guide those electing a new Pope with strength, love and wisdom in their deliberations.