In a shocking development Pope Francis has announced his resignation effective Easter Sunday, April 1, 2018. The Vatican statement is as follows:
“His Holiness has announced his resignation which will be immediately after Easter Mass. Noting that he has accomplished much of what he set out to accomplish, he has said that it was time for a younger man to take on the blessed burden of Mother Church. He plans to retire to Argentina and to spend his time praying, in good works and blogging. He assures the faithful that no doubt the Holy Spirit will be as efficacious in the choice of his successor as the Holy Spirit was when he was chosen. He has enjoyed his time as Pope except for the cruel attacks by some American Catholic bloggers.”
The Pope Emeritus has announced his fond farewell to Pope Francis and has mentioned that in the unlikely event the Conclave were to choose him, he would reluctantly agree to serve.
PopeWatch has been unable to confirm the rumor that a rainbow out of a clear sky suddenly appeared over Saint Peters at the time of the announcement of the resignation.
Then PopeWatch woke up, and with that PopeWatch will be on Easter hiatus until April 2, 2018.