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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...

Abuse Victims' Group 'Welcomes Pope's Resignation'

Agence France Presse | | Posted 04.13.2013 | Religion

An Australian group representing the victims of sexual abuse has welcomed Pope Benedict XVI's resignation, saying he had done little to stop "the reig...

What Does The Pope's Resignation Say About Lifetime Jobs?

AP | MARILYNN MARCHIONE | Posted 04.13.2013 | Fifty

The world seems surprised that an 85-year-old globe-trotting pope who just started tweeting wants to resign, but should it be? Maybe what should be su...

How Pope Benedict Pushed Charities Beyond Routine Giving

The Huffington Post | Jessica Prois | Posted 02.12.2013 | Impact

Religious leaders are honoring Pope Benedict XVI for his emphasis on making service a cornerstone of one's life. Benedict, who announced Monday th...

Pope's Close Friend Says Resignation News 'Caught Everyone By Surprise'

L'Huffington Post | Pietro Salvatori | Posted 02.11.2013 | Religion

“I was with the pope on Friday. While his precarious health situation was obvious, there was no sign that he was about to make this decision," said ...

Pope Benedict's Legacy: The First Twitter, Facebook Pope

Craig Kanalley | Posted 02.11.2013 | Religion
Craig Kanalley

Less than two months after tweeting for the first time on his official Twitter account, Pope Benedict XVI announced he is signing off from the papacy....

It Happened Five Times Before, But Is the Pope's Resignation Valid?

Dario Morelli | Posted 04.13.2013 | Religion
Dario Morelli

For the fifth time (at least) in the history of the Church, the pope is throwing in the towel. The essential element of each act of legally valid abdication -- including the current pope's -- is his freely expressed will.

LOOK: The Pope Depicted In Art

Posted 02.11.2013 | Arts

As you no doubt have heard by now, Pope Benedict XVI announced he will be resigning from his role as head of the Catholic Church as of February 28, ci...

Bookmaker Releases Next Pope Odds

Agence France Presse | | Posted 04.13.2013 | World

Francis Arinze of Nigeria, Peter Turkson of Ghana and Marc Ouellet of Canada were among the cardinals hotly tipped by bookmakers on Monday to take ove...

Giacomo Talignani

Italian Journalist Who Speaks Latin First To Break The News Of Pope's Resignation

HuffingtonPost.com | Giacomo Talignani | Posted 02.11.2013 | Religion

“I gave the news, then I started crying." Giovanna Chirri, who covers the Vatican for Italy’s ANSA news agency and is the editor of a lay peopl...

WATCH: 'The View's' Wacky Discussion About The Pope

Posted 02.11.2013 | Media

"The View" took a measured, rigorous approach to the news of the Pope's resignation on Monday, somberly discussing the implications for the Cathol— ...

The Pope And Renouncing My MBA From Assumption College

Kel Kelly | Posted 04.13.2013 | Religion
Kel Kelly

I received an MBA from Assumption College in the spring of 1993, and it is with absolute clarity that I formally renounce my Assumption MBA. Based on the Pope's recent egregious accusations about gay people and gay marriage, I can no longer have any affiliation in my life to the Catholic Church.

Cameron: Benedict Will Missed As Spiritual Leader

Agence France Presse | | Posted 04.13.2013 | World

Pope Benedict XVI "will be missed as a spiritual leader to millions", British Prime Minister David Cameron said Monday following the pontiff's shock r...

Stefano Baldolini

Italian Journalist 'Knew The Pope Would Resign' For More Than A Year

HuffingtonPost.com | Stefano Baldolini | Posted 02.11.2013 | Religion

Antonio Socci foresaw Pope Benedict XVI's resignation back in 2011, and he said Monday he feels "extremely sad, together the rest of 'Ratzinger’s pe...

A Woman's Defense Of Pope Benedict XVI

Helen Alvare | Posted 04.13.2013 | Religion
Helen Alvare

I wince every time I hear a drive-by commentator on Benedict XVI refer to him as narrow or "hard-line" or "conservative," as if political boxes or strictly worldly categories could capture what is true about this man, or about the contents of the Catholic faith.

Pope Benedict Is Resigning, But Institutional Catholic Homophobia Isn't Going Anywhere

John Becker | Posted 04.13.2013 | Gay Voices
John Becker

Benedict has appointed a majority of the cardinals who will elect his successor, and the vast majority of bishops around the world were named by either Benedict or his equally anti-gay predecessor. Popes tend to appoint prelates who share their views.

Vatican: Benedict XVI Too Weary To Remain Pope

AP | MARIA CHENG | Posted 04.13.2013 | Religion

LONDON — When he became pope at age 78, Benedict XVI was already the oldest pontiff elected in nearly 300 years. He's now 85, and in recent year...

Will The Next Pope Make A Difference?

Rabbi Arthur Waskow | Posted 04.13.2013 | Religion
Rabbi Arthur Waskow

It will really take a miracle, the suffusion of the College by the Holy Spirit, the Interbreathing Spirit of all life, to change the Church by election of a pope more in the tradition of Jesus and John XXIII.

Cardinal Dolan Responds To Shocking Pope Resignation

AP | Posted 04.13.2013 | New York

NEW YORK — New York Cardinal Timothy Dolan says electing a new pope is all new to him since he's still learning what it means to be archbishop. ...

Merkel Praises Benedict XVI Upon Resignation

AP | GEIR MOULSON | Posted 04.13.2013 | World

BERLIN — Many in Germany haven't always had an easy relationship with the conservative-minded Pope Benedict XVI, but most on Monday praised thei...

WATCH: Networks Scramble To Cover Breaking News Bombshell

Posted 02.11.2013 | Media

News broke early Monday morning that Pope Benedict XVI will be resigning from his post due to health concerns. Some broadcast networks broke in with s...

Pope Was Considering Quitting For Months

AP | Posted 04.13.2013 | Religion

BERLIN -- The pope's brother, Georg Ratzinger, says the pontiff had been advised by his doctor not to take any more transatlantic trips and had been c...