Join the Novena for Pope Benedict and the Papacy!

[note: Find the Pope Benedict novena prayers here.]

popebenedictA priest I know sent me a text message this morning that I couldn’t believe.

It said that the Pope was going to retire.

I was shocked and thought it was a joke at first. But, it was true!

My first thought was that we need to pray.

So, we shall pray!

I had already been planning a novena for Pope Benedict’s birthday in April. So, I quickly texted my wife, Annie, and told her that we would need to move the novena up.

It looks like Pope Benedict’s last day as Pope will be February 28th. He said that he was stepping down because of his age and declining energy.

So, I think we should pray for Pope Benedict in his last days as Pope!

We will pray a novena starting on Wednesday the 20th to end on his last day.

It will be our ‘retirement gift’ to Pope Benedict!

We will pray in thanksgiving for Pope Benedict’s service, for his health and for the Papacy!

Please spread the word!

What about the next Pope, you ask?

We will do a novena for the election of a new Pope when the conclave has been convened. So, keep an eye out for that as Pope Benedict has called for a new Pope to be elected by Easter!

Sign up here and invite your friends!

[note: Find the novena prayers here.]

Here is the text of Pope Benedict’s Statement to the Cardinals regarding his retirement:

“Dear Brothers,

I have convoked you to this Consistory, not only for the three canonisations, but also to communicate to you a decision of great importance for the life of the Church.

After having repeatedly examined my conscience before God, I have come to the certainty that my strengths, due to an advanced age, are no longer suited to an adequate exercise of the Petrine ministry.

I am well aware that this ministry, due to its essential spiritual nature, must be carried out not only with words and deeds, but no less with prayer and suffering.

However, in today’s world, subject to so many rapid changes and shaken by questions of deep relevance for the life of faith, in order to steer the boat of Saint Peter and proclaim the Gospel, both strength of mind and body are necessary, strength which in the last few months, has deteriorated in me to the extent that I have had to recognise my incapacity to adequately fulfil the ministry entrusted to me.

For this reason, and well aware of the seriousness of this act, with full freedom I declare that I renounce the ministry of Bishop of Rome, Successor of Saint Peter, entrusted to me by the Cardinals on 19 April 2005, in such a way, that as from 28 February 2013, at 20:00 hours, the See of Rome, the See of Saint Peter, will be vacant and a Conclave to elect the new Supreme Pontiff will have to be convoked by those whose competence it is.

Dear Brothers, I thank you most sincerely for all the love and work with which you have supported me in my ministry and I ask pardon for all my defects.

And now, let us entrust the Holy Church to the care of Our Supreme Pastor, Our Lord Jesus Christ, and implore his holy Mother Mary, so that she may assist the Cardinal Fathers with her maternal solicitude, in electing a new Supreme Pontiff.

With regard to myself, I wish to also devotedly serve the Holy Church of God in the future through a life dedicated to prayer.”


  1. Thank you Holy Father for your many years of hard work dedicated to the church.
    I pray that God and mother Mary may comfort you in your retirement as Pope and yet continuing to work in the church for God.

    God Bless You

  2. This is a special time when we can witness our Pope coming to the end of his role as patriarch for all Catholics and thank him for all the wonderful work he has done for God and for us.

    I join with many of you in praying good health for Pope Benedict XIV and thanking him for being the type of leader we all needed him to be and for showing the extraordinary courage to turn over the leadership of the Church.

    May God bless Pope Benedict XIV forever.

  3. I will be praying this novena to thank our holy father for his humble service to our Lord. May God continue to bless Pope Benedict.

  4. Thank you, Pope Benedict for being a great leader for the Catholic Church. May God Bless you for all you have done. May God grant you continued good health
    for the rest of the days of your life. Thank you, Pope Benedict.

  5. Pope Benedict may God continue to bless you and all that you have done for God’s holy church. You are truly a man of God. With hum
    ility and courage you decided to step down. I believe when you retire you will have a deeper relationship with God and will have more time to pray for all of us.
    It is also our duty to continue to pray for you and also for the next pope may he have the same spiritualityand goals for the church..
    May God protect and guide you always.

  6. I join the faithful in this novena. What a beautiful way to support the holy father Pope Benedict XVI. What a great man, a brilliant scholar and a faithful shepherd. May the peace of The Lord be with him as he travels this journey. My prayers will continue to be with him.
    God Bless the holy father!

  7. Love, prayers and blessings go out for a holy man who fitted his predecessor’s shoes so well. Another great and blessed man who steered the catholic church into this new milleneum .am so proud to be a member of this flock.Hail to Christ’s vicar .The pontiff of ROME.will always be remembered as one of the world’s catholic scholars .Pope .Benedict.

  8. Let us also pray that the news media would not get so stupid in their comments and speculations…let the Cardinals do their work.

    Let us also pray for a new Bishop for the Diocese of Fargo, ND.

  9. Dear Pastor, Father, Holy Father, il Papa, Pope, Successor of St. Peter, Minister of Christ…

    Papa Beneditto XVI! Thank you for your steady leadership and service to The beloved Church and the many years of service to its people and the world!

    (Matthew Chapter 16. Verses 13-20.)

  10. Perhaps, John-Paul, when you create this novena you could include a prayer of protection for Pope Benedict. At his first mass as Pope he said “Pray for me, that I may not flee for fear of the wolves.” I have included a link to the article citing this quote. Let’s pray that his enemies destroy one another as did Jehosophat’s did in 2 Chronicles 20: 15 – 30. and that God gives him rest “on every side.”

  11. I wish Pope Benedict the XVI well as he retires. I also do thank him for the Good work . May the holyspirit guide and protect him.

  12. I pray to the heavenly father that the pope may be healed of all his ailment and may the almighty shower his blessing upon him… thank you pope for guiding us(sheep) of God.
    God Bless!!!

  13. May the Lord continue to protect you Holy Father, and grant you many more years of divine service and prayer to the world.

  14. Holy and Gracious Lord, we come to you as your children asking for special blessings over your son Pope Benedict, XVI. He has been our spiritual leader and brought us closer to You in holiness and grace. We pray that his final years on this earth be without pain and suffering. We ask that You look with favor on his life which he is dedicating to prayer. We ask that he be covered in the blood of our Savior and made pleasing before Your eyes. We lift him up in prayer and thanksgiving. We thank You for the people and gifts that you provide in our daily lives. You are so good to us Father, and we are so undeserving. Blessed Mother, we beseech thee to cover our Pope with your mantle. We ask for your angels of protection for him. We ask this all in the Blessed Name of Jesus.

  15. Lord please be with the pope and your servants during this time of change. God thank you for your many blessings. Please help us accept this transition in the coming weeks. My prayers go out to the Pope, my family and all of yours. God please keep us in your prayers.

  16. The humility shown by our dear pope made a great impression on me and I want to join the Holy Catholic Church in praying for him that The Almighty God continue to bless his mind and body and give him the grace and strength to live the rest of his days being at peace with God. I pray also for the will of the LORD to be done even as the cardinals prepare to elect the next pope.

    Immaculate Heart of Mary, Pray for us.

  17. I am praying this novena for the Pope, because he made a very difficult decision, with the best intentions of the Church in mind. I believe he did this in a selfless act of love. Love you Pope Benedict XVI!

  18. With hearts overflowing with gratitude and love for the gift of Pope Benedict XVI. May our Lord and our Lady continue to strengthen and guide him in every moment. Our family (5 at home) are grateful to join with all of you in this special Novena.

  19. Thank you John Paul, for providing this wed site, as you are working for God I know that my good God is there for you and your family.

    Thank you so much
    Christ Cross

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