President Obama released a statement Monday afternoon highlighting his visit to the Vatican four years ago when he met with Pope Benedict XVI.
Benedict, citing age-related health issues, announced Monday that he will resign at the end of February.
President Obama’s statement:
“On behalf of Americans everywhere, Michelle and I wish to extend our appreciation and prayers to His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI. Michelle and I warmly remember our meeting with the Holy Father in 2009, and I have appreciated our work together over these last four years. The Church plays a critical role in the United States and the world, and I wish the best to those who will soon gather to choose His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI’s successor.”