The qualities I admire in Pope Benedict XIV came together with his surprise announcement.
Awareness: aware of his deteriorating health he announced: "I haven't the strength to efficiently carry on with my office."
Determination: his admission showed his determination to face up to his position, breaking tradition as the first Pope to voluntarily stand down in nearly 600 years.
Responsibility: that endless sense of responsibility towards Vatican teaching and his simplicity in dealing with a global brotherhood made him a shining star.
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