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Prayers have been said at Roman Catholic Churches across Wales after the Pope announced that he is to resign on health grounds
The news has been greeted with shock and surprise. The Archbishop of Cardiff described it as 'a decision of great courage'. Our Correspondent Joanna Simpson reports
Canon Peter Collins, from the Metropolitan Cathedral Church of St David in Cardiff, responds to news that the Pope is standing down.
The Most Reverend George Stack, Archbishop of Cardiff released this statement:
Former Welsh Secretary Paul Murphy is a Papal Knight of Saint Gregory, an honour bestowed on him by the previous Pope John Paul II. He's just issued this statement:
The Vatican has confirmed that Pope Benedict will resign on February 28, according to Reuters.
The media agency also reported that in a statement Pope Benedict said his strength is no longer adequate to continue in office due to his advanced ages.