Global Journalist
6:50 pm
Thu February 14, 2013

What the resignation of Pope Benedict XVI means for the Catholic Church

Pope Benedict XVI and Italian President Giorgio Napolitano arrive at the Paul VI Hall at the Vatican.
Pier Paolo Cito AP Images

The Catholic Church is at a crossroads. Pope Benedict XVI surprised just about everyone this week by announcing his resignation. The leader of the world’s one billion Catholics held his final public mass on Wednesday, at the end of this month, he will become the first pope to resign in nearly 600 years.

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