Archbishop of York John Sentamu has released the following statement regarding the resignation of Pope Benedict XVI.
“With the news that Pope Benedict XVI will resign at the end of February, the Christian world will miss a great theologian with great spiritual depth.
“We should remember Pope Benedict communicated the revelation of God in a characteristic way as a true successor of St Peter. He was unafraid to proclaim the Gospel and challenge a culture that is so self-referential, managing to lift our eyes to God’s glory.
“Let us all lift our eyes to the glory of God, embracing his love and care for this world.”