Pope asks for prayers to 'continue my service;' no hint of retirement thoughts
April 18, 2012
At the conclusion of his public audience on April 18, Pope Benedict XVI asked the faithful “to support me always with your prayers so that, with the help of the Holy Spirit, I may continue my service to Christ and the Church.”
As the Holy Father passed his 85th birthday on April 16 and approached the 7th anniversary of his election as Pontiff on April 19, journalists had speculated that he might be contemplating retirement. The wording of his request for prayers seemed to indicate clearly that he is not.