Pope Benedict XVI announced his resignation from the papacy on February 11th, marking the first time that a Pope has resigned in 600 years. I would be very interested to hear what Catholic friends and readers think about this!
The New York Times offers a helpful and concise summary of Joseph Ratzinger’s time as Pope and the context in which he assumed and has held this office since 2005.
“How Does the Vatican Elect a New Pope? 7 Things to Know about a Conclave” From the Christian Science Monitor
“Successor to Benedict will Lead Church at a Crossroads” New York Times
“A Statement Rocks Rome, Then Sends Shockwaves Around the World” New York Times
“Pope Benedict’s Resignation: See you Later” The Economist