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.
its essential spiritual nature, must be carried out not only
with words and deeds, but no less with prayer and suffering.
changes and shaken by questions of deep relevance for the
life of faith, 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 recognize my incapacity to adequately fulfill the ministry entrusted to me." - Pope Benedict XVI