Pope to Resign on Feb. 28

Pope Benedict XVI will resign on Feb. 28 because of age and health issues. A new pope will be elected before Easter Sunday.


Pope Benedict XVI shocked Roman Catholics today by saying that he would resign on Feb. 28, becoming the first pope to do so in six centuries, reports the New York Times

Vatican officials said the pope would continue to carry out his duties until Feb. 28 at 8 p.m., and that a successor would probably be elected by Easter (March 31). 

Pope Benedict XVI, 85, was elected pope in 2005 at the age of 78. 

The pope's tenure was plagued with "Vatileaks" and the sexual abuse scandal.

The Huffington Post reports the top seven scandals that troubled the Pontiff were:

  1. His time in the Hitler Youth
  2. The Catholic Church Child Sex Abuse Scandal
  3. Vatileaks
  4. Relationship with Jews
  5. Apology to Muslims
  6. The Bennetton Kissing Posters
  7. His "Prada" Slippers


  • What did you think of Pope Benedict and his oversight of one billion Catholics? 
  • What would you like to see in a new pope?
  • Where his viewpoints stand? Is there anything you'd like to see change in church leadership?

Tell us in the comment section below. 

Andrea Sullivan February 13, 2013 at 03:30 AM
I would like to ask why you feel the need to cite The Huffington Post and the NY Times as your only sources of background information about the Pope? The man is ailing and you look for the negative and to kick him when he is down. He is an old man in the end of his life and I am sure he had to have done some good things to get him where he is today. Personally in these days of negativity I'd much rather hear about the uplifting and inspiring aspects of his life and about the good that the Catholic Church does. True,, the Catholuc church is not without blemish but its contribution to humanity is UNMATCHED. the Catholic Church is responsible for the birth of the education and healthcare systems of modern society . In this modern day and age , when the life and dignity of the human person is being threatened at almost every turn, it is the Catholic Church that remains the world's premier institutional defender of human rights . Please consider something original , fresh and new in your "journalism" - a balanced reporting of the facts. God Bless you.


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