[Church of Ireland] From The Most Revd Dr Michael Jackson, Archbishop of Dublin and Bishop of Glendalough, Primate of Ireland:
‘In informing the world of his forthcoming resignation Pope Benedict XVI has committed himself to continuing to serve God in the church through a life of prayer. He has also drawn attention to the combined strength of body and mind required for carrying out the office of Pope.
‘Pope Benedict has greatly influenced the world in general, and the Christian world in particular, by his scholarship generously shared in a prodigious literary output. He has of late taken the central figure of Jesus in the life of the church and the world as his theme. I wish Pope Benedict everything that is best in his forthcoming retirement and also wisdom to those who will elect his successor in the See of Peter.’