On the announcement of the Pope’s resignation

Today we join with Catholics around the world in praying for the health of the Holy Father.
His decision to retire is a testament to his courage.
During his pontificate, Benedict XVI reinforced the importance of the Church’s work to relieve the poverty and distress of the poorest among us.
His teachings showed us that our work as a Catholic organization dedicated to international solidarity must be centered on the search for integral human development. This development must be one that allows each and every person to reach their full potential – not only economic but also social, political, and spiritual.
In his encyclical Caritas in Veritate, the Holy Father reminds us that “Love — caritas — is an extraordinary force which leads people to opt for courageous and generous engagement in the field of justice and peace.”
For Development and Peace, the teachings of Benedict XVI remain an important source of inspiration in our work.
As we prepare to enter into the season of Lent, we pray that his successor will continue to put the poorest of our brothers and sisters at the heart of the Church’s action in the world.

Read the message of His Holiness Benedict XVI for Lent 2013