Media Statement.

William Slatteryfrom Archbishop William Slattery OFM, Archbishop of Pretoria.
Spokesman of the Southern African Catholic Bishops’ Conference.

The Southern African Catholic Bishops’ conference wishes to express our deep gratitude to Pope Benedict XVI for his ministry as the successor of St Peter.

This decision evokes in us a certain amount of sadness, but we accept that this decision, not taken lightly, is best for both Pope Benedict and the Church.

We wish to express our deep admiration for both his ministry and for his courage in facing the limitations of his age.

We wish to assure Pope Benedict of our prayers and will commit our prayers for the Church as we discern the will of the Holy Spirit for the continuity of leadership of the Church.

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