Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi released the following statement today on the announcement that Pope Benedict XVI will resign at the end of this month:
"Pope Benedict XVI has been a great spiritual leader. Before His Holiness' triumphant visit to the United States, he stated that the "world has greater need of hope than ever: hope for peace, for justice, and for freedom.' That was his message to America; that has been his message to the world.
"As a public official, I will be forever grateful to Pope Benedict for his powerful Encyclical, "God Is Love,' where he wrote of the urgency for public servants and government to promote justice.
"Although Pope Benedict XVI is stepping aside, the world will continue to be inspired by His Holiness' spirituality, leadership, and vision for the future. We all thank him for his legacy of concern for children and wish him well."