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Benedict Resigns

Pope's resignation lands Vatican in uncharted territory

Still reeling from Monday's announcement that Pope Benedict XVI will become the first pope in 600 years to resign, the Vatican is attempting to return to normal, but many questions about the future remain unanswered.

"I don't know" was the most common response from the Vatican's top spokesman, Jesuit Fr. Federico Lombardi, at a press conference Tuesday as he was peppered with questions about everything from what Benedict will be called in retirement, to whether he will still be a cardinal, to who will live with him in his retirement inside a Vatican convent.

Global headlines capture Benedict's resignation


Each day, the Newseum — the D.C.-based interactive museum of news and history — features its top ten front pages from across the U.S. and around the world. On days when major events unfold, like the first papal resignation in 600 years, it’s not uncommon to see a trend among the sheets.

The papers arriving at newsstands and doorsteps Feb. 12 certainly carried a theme, placing Pope Benedict XVI’s departure from his pontiff chair squarely above — and below — the fold.

Young Catholics define their hopes for the next papacy


At 6 a.m. yesterday, when National Public Radio reported the news that Pope Benedict XVI would be resigning in a matter of days, my first thought was, "Wow." My second was, "Why?" And my third was, "What qualities do we need in our next pope?"

I took the third to a group of young progressive Catholics, and here are some of their thoughts:

Pope to live in Vatican monastery established by Blessed John Paul


The Vatican monastery where Pope Benedict XVI intends to live began its life as the Vatican gardener's house, but was established as a cloistered convent by Blessed John Paul II in 1994.

When Pope Benedict, 85, announced Monday that his age and declining energies prompted his decision to resign effective Feb. 28, the Vatican said he would move out to the papal villa in Castel Gandolfo while remodeling work was completed on the Mater Ecclesiae Monastery in the Vatican Gardens.



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