McGuinness comments on Pope Benedict’s resignation
Commenting on the decision by Pope Benedict to announce his resignation, deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness said:
“The announcement of Pope Benedict’s resignation has taken everyone by surprise. Interest understandably centres on his health and the deteriorating nature of it. The resignation of a Pope is a most unusual occurrence and this clearly suggests that Pope Benedict’s has such very serious concern about his health that he feels he must resign.
“The thoughts and prayers of everyone will be for Pope Benedict. I hope that the lifting of the onerous weight of the responsibilities of such an important world leader will ease the burden on him in his retirement.
“I wish Pope Benedict well and like Catholics everywhere look forward to the election of the new Pope at a time when the Church is at a crossroads.”