Pope Benedict XVI Delivers The Motu Proprio Document


Father Federico Lombardi , Director of the Holy See Press Office, and... News PhotoAsking,Catholicism,Close-up,Document,Father,Giving,Horizontal,International Landmark,Journalist,Pope,Pope Benedict XVI,Preparation,Press Conference,Religion,Resignation of Pope Benedict XVI,Solution,Spirituality,State of the Vatican City,Vatican,Waist UpPhotographer Collection: Getty Images News 2013 Getty ImagesVATICAN CITY, VATICAN - FEBRUARY 25: Father Federico Lombardi (C), Director of the Holy See Press Office, and Archbishop Pier Luigi Celata, Pope Benedict XVI's Vice Camerlengo (R), prepare to answer journalists' questions during a press conference in the Holy See Press Room to give details of the 'Motu Proprio' document on February 25, 2013 in Vatican City, Vatican. The 'Motu Proprio' outlines the changes to Roman Catholic church law that Pope Benedict XVI has approved which can enable the conclave to select his successor beginning sooner than15 days after the papacy becomes vacant. The Pontiff will hold his last weekly public audience on February 27, 2013 before he retires the following day. Pope Benedict XVI has been the leader of the Catholic Church for eight years and is the first Pope to retire since 1415. He cites ailing health as his reason for retirement and will spend the rest of his life in solitude away from public engagements. (Photo by Oli Scarff/Getty Images)