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Pope Resigns

'God Told Me to Resign'

Jon M. Sweeney | Posted 10.28.2013 | Religion
Jon M. Sweeney

Apparently, Emeritus Pope Benedict XVI recently told this to a friend, according to the unnamed source, and as reported by the Catholic news agency, Zenit. Benedict says that a mystical experience of hearing God's "voice" is the primary reason he stepped down this past winter.

Benedict Gives Real Reason For Resignation

Posted 08.21.2013 | Religion

Former Pope Benedict cited his advanced age and failing strength as the reason he stepped down from the Church's highest office on February 11, though...

Networks FINALLY Send Top Talent To Rome

Posted 03.12.2013 | Media

Networks finally sent their top anchors to Rome to cover the arrival of the new pope. Pope Benedict XVI became the first pontiff to resign from his...

WATCH: Howard Bragman's 'Gwissues' Tackles Catholicism And The LGBT Community

Howard Bragman | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Howard Bragman

In the latest episode, I and guest panelists Jim Smith (program manager of Dignity USA), Mike Moroski (equal rights activist) and Brent Childers (executive director of Faith in America) discuss hopes for a new, reformed pope and how Catholicism plays a role within the LGBT community.

WATCH: Seniors Read Retired Pope Benedict's Tweets

Posted 03.01.2013 | Fifty

On February 28, Pope Benedict XVI gave one last message to his followers before he stepped down... on Twitter. He tweeted: "Thank you for your love...

The Pope's Last Flight: A Media Masterpiece

Dario Morelli | Posted 04.30.2013 | Religion
Dario Morelli

A precise, wise and great director orchestrated the video of Benedict XVI's flight toward oblivion. The inexorable trajectory of the helicopter in front of the background of a majestic and exhausted city, the hypnotic hum of the blades as the only noise, accompanied by the bells of Rome, which tolled the newly Vacant Seat -- for the first time, joyfully.

TOON: Goodbye Benedict

The Huffington Post | Posted 02.27.2013 | Latino Voices

¡Hasta luego, Benedicto! In an (almost) never before seen move, Pope Benedict XVI, announced he would resign on Feb. 28. He cited health concerns ...

Pope Benedict And The Vatican's 'Gay Lobby'

Michelangelo Signorile | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Michelangelo Signorile

It's unlikely that Pope Benedict resigned because he was pushed out by an all-powerful "gay lobby" within the Vatican; it's more probable that at 85 years old, he is simply not up to the task of purging the church of the secret gays whom the Vatican sees as the cause of its problems.

This Week's World Photo Caption Contest

Posted 04.19.2013 | World

In a historic move, Pope Benedict XVI resigned this week, the first pope to do so in nearly 600 years. With plenty of attention focused on the Holy Fa...

Table Talk: Explaining The Pope's Resignation To Kids

Posted 02.15.2013 | Parents

This week's Family Dinner Table Talk, from HuffPost and The Family Dinner book: This week, a surprising announcement came from the Vatican: Pope Be...

The Pope's Most Powerful Gift To The Church

Sister Joan Chittister, OSB | Posted 04.17.2013 | Religion
Sister Joan Chittister, OSB

The fact that Benedict XVI has very humbly admitted the immensity of the present moment for the Church and decided to step out of it is, perhaps, the most powerful gift of this papacy.

Pope To Live 'Hidden From The World'

Religion News Service | Alessandro Speciale | Posted 02.15.2013 | Religion

VATICAN CITY (RNS) Addressing church leaders for one of the last times of his papacy, Pope Benedict XVI said Thursday (Feb. 14) that he intends to liv...

The Pope's Legacy

Rev. James Martin, S.J. | Posted 04.16.2013 | Religion
Rev. James Martin, S.J.

Never the media superstar that his predecessor was, Pope Benedict XVI, a lifelong scholar, exuded his own brand of charisma, which came from his profound theological acumen and his personal relationship with Jesus.

What Happens After The Pope Resigns?

HuffPost Italy | Rita Pinci | Posted 02.19.2013 | Religion

The Pope’s resignation is greatest reform in the Church since the Vatican Council II, a turning point. After Benedict XVI’s decision to renounce t...

Hope For A Gay Pope? One Actor Says Yes

Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices

Alan Cumming has a few suggestions for the Vatican when it comes to choosing Pope Benedict XVI's replacement. "If I was going to rebrand the Catho...

Can A Non-European Pope Heal The Church?

Earl Ofari Hutchinson | Posted 04.14.2013 | Religion
Earl Ofari Hutchinson

A black or Latin American pope could send the strong message to practicing Catholics and prospective converts in Latin America or Africa that the Catholic Church is committed to making them not only church members, but policy decision makers.

Pope Benedict's Legacy and the Next Steps for the Church

Angelo Federico Arcelli | Posted 04.14.2013 | World
Angelo Federico Arcelli

Pope Benedict's decision to resign bets on a better future for the Catholic Church, with the certainty that through faith, the conclave of Cardinals will choose the most appropriate candidate for his successor.

The Missing Element Of The Conversation On Benedict's Resignation

Andreas Widmer | Posted 04.14.2013 | Religion
Andreas Widmer

Leaders take note: Pope Benedict XVI provides a rare but profound example of humility in action. True leaders put their cause before their power and self-interest.

Pope's Resignation Inspires Humor

Agence France Presse | ANGUS MacKINNON | Posted 04.14.2013 | Religion

French President Francois Hollande had his knuckles rapped for it but most of Europe felt free Tuesday to start cracking jokes about Pope Benedict XVI...

Local Reactions To The Pope's Resignation

The Bakersfield Californian | Laura Liera | Posted 04.14.2013 | Los Angeles

The news of the resignation of Pope Benedict XVI caught many community members by surprise, but they are hopeful the next pope will be younger and wil...

Strength In Weakness

Kim Daniels | Posted 04.14.2013 | Religion
Kim Daniels

With his resignation Pope Benedict -- arguably one of the most powerful people in the world -- has chosen to give up that temporal power to align himself with the sick, the weak, the frail. In doing so he's affirming the central Christian truth that "when I am weak, then I am strong."

What Popes Are For

Stephen White | Posted 04.14.2013 | World
Stephen White

Truth, at least as the Catholic Church understands it, is best demonstrated, not by carefully reasoned arguments (though those are important) and certainly not by violence, but by self-giving love. There is nothing more compelling, nothing more true, than sacrificial love.

In Resigning, Pope Benedict XVI Finds His Finest Hour

Clay Farris Naff | Posted 04.14.2013 | Religion
Clay Farris Naff

If the Church and the world are fortunate, perhaps the winter of papal resignation will be followed by a spring of reform.

Cardinal Santorum

Jeff Danziger | Posted 04.14.2013 | Politics
Jeff Danziger


PHOTOS: How Newspapers Covered Pope's Shocking Resignation

Posted 04.14.2013 | Media

Pope Benedict XVI's resignation made the front pages of newspapers all over the world on Tuesday. On Monday, he announced that he will resign on F...