Successor to Benedict Will Lead a Church at a Crossroads
VATICAN CITY — Pope Benedict XVI's surprise announcement on Monday that he will resign on Feb. 28 sets the stage for a succession battle that is likely to determine the future course of a church troubled by scandal and declining faith in its
Guardian: "The best known example involved Pope Celestine V in 1294. After only five months as the Bishop of Rome, he issued a solemn decree declaring it possible that a pope can resign and then promptly did so. He then
In Rome, the widespread mourning which greeted John Paul's death in 2005 appeared a distant memory but the news of Benedict's resignation overshadowed the increasingly bitter campaign ahead of national elections due just days before the pope leaves
Monday afternoon, the archbishop of Santa Fe addressed the media about the pope stepping down.
Did Pope Benedict XVI resign because he never wanted to be pope?