Resignation of His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI

Press Statement
John Kerry
Secretary of State
Washington, DC
February 11, 2013


The United States is grateful to His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI for his leadership of and ministry to the world’s 1.2 billion Catholics. He has been a man of action and principle, working to promote human rights and dignity in places around the globe where they are too often denied, and a voice of clarity and conviction about our obligations as stewards of a fragile planet. As I heard Pope Benedict say during the Mass he celebrated in Washington nearly five years ago, Americans remain a people of hope and America a land of freedom and opportunity. He believes, as we do, that the qualities that have made our nation strong can also help make the world freer and more just. We have been honored to work with the Holy See during the nearly eight years of his papacy and look forward to continued collaboration in areas of common interest to our nation and to the Catholic Church. We wish Pope Benedict great peace and health and we will keep him in our prayers.

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    I have never been the biggest fan of this dude, but hey, I learned something from his being pope- totally did not know...
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    May the bastard live not too much longer and do no more harm to humanity. Fuck Your God
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    Press Statement John Kerry Secretary of State Washington, DC February 11, 2013 The United States is grateful to His...
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    This is really neat.
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    Of course, nothing about the child abuse.
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