Pope Benedict XVI's Resignation Announcement

Vatican Communications Director Greg Burke talks to George Stephanopoulos.
1:36 | 02/11/13

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on the pope's stunning resignation this morning. The 85-year-old pontiff set to STEP DOWN ON FEBRUARY 28th. Joining us is the vatican communications director. Were you surprised? George, I was surprised but i wasn't shocked. A couple of years ago, the pope said in a question-answer interview book with a german journalist that there were occasion that a pope could resign and should resign. us sfwlp from what you can see up close, how is his health? The pope, I tell everybody, because they ask me that, they have been asking me for months, the pope is pretty much like my father is. He's five years older than the pope. Sharp mind, but a slowing body. And I think the pope is really exactly the same. I would always invite my father to new york every spring. I would go back and invite him to new york. A couple of years ago, I said, I'm not can do that without watching him the whole time. I think the pope probably feels like that, too. He's slowing a bit. Nothing immediately serious or grave. He has a brother who is still along. He thought the demands of the job were too much for his physical well being. What comes ne what kind of role will he play in the choice of his successor? The pope will do what he wants to do for a long time. To read books a pray.

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