President Goodluck Jonathan has applauded the exemplary wisdom and courage shown by Pope Benedict XVI in his decision to voluntarily relinquish the Papacy because of his advanced age and growing inability to keep up with the physical and mental demands of the Office.
A statement on Tuesday, from the Office of the Special Adviser to the President on Media & Publicity
Reuben Abati quotes the President expressing the hope that even in retirement, Pope Benedict XVI would continue to contribute to the spiritual well-being of the world in every possible way
President Jonathan also hoped that the retiring Pope would continue to offer prayers to God for global justice, equity, peace and progress, wishing the Papal Father a very peaceful and restful retirement at the end of this month.
The President prayed that God would grant members of the College of Cardinals the wisdom and divine insight they would require to bring forth a worthy successor to Pope Benedict XVI who would build on the outgoing Pontiff’s commendable achievements as head of the Worldwide Catholic Church.