The Astonishing Resignation of the Roman Pope Benedict XVI
It stunned the world: the announcement on February 11, 2013 by the pope of Rome, Benedict XVI, that he would resign his office at the end of the month – the first to do so in almost 600 years.
Contrary to popular belief, Roman popes are permitted by canon law to resign, and some have indeed stepped down, while others have been forced to do so. The last one to resign was Gregory XII, in the year 1415. Continue reading