The Resignation of Pope Benedict XVI

The Resignation of Pope Benedict XVI

As you will no doubt be aware Pope Benedict XVI will resign as Bishop of Rome in the coming week. As of 1900hrs (UK time) on Thursday 28th February 2013 the See of St. Peter will become vacant, Sede Vacante, and the Church will be without a Pope. Please remember to pray for the Holy Father as he approaches the end of his Apostolic ministry and enters the peace and quiet of prayer and solitude away from the glare of the world. Pray also for the Church that under the guidance and inspiration of the Holy Spirit a new Pope will be elected to carry-on the important mission of St. Peter, to bind the faithful throughout the world under one Lord, under one Eternal Shepherd Jesus Christ. Please make every effort to join us for the parish and diocesan celebrations in thanksgiving for the ministry of Pope Benedict.


Several liturgies will be celebrated to mark the end of Pope Benedict XVI’s eight year Pontificate.

Holy Mass in St. Augustine’s Church, Coatbridge

Wednesday 27th February 2013, 7.30pm

Please make every effort to attend this important Parish event.

Holy Mass in the Cathedral Motherwell

Thursday 28th February 2013, 7pm

A general invitation is extended to parishioners across the diocese to join Bishop Devine & Priests for this Mass of Thanksgiving.


Lord, source of eternal life and truth, give to Your shepherd, the Pope, a spirit of courage and right judgement, a spirit of knowledge and love.

By governing with fidelity those entrusted to his care may he, as successor to the apostle Peter and vicar of Christ, build Your church into a sacrament of unity, love, and peace for all the world.

We ask this through our Eternal Shepherd, Christ Jesus our Lord. Amen.

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