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1:14pm

Mon February 11, 2013
The Two-Way

A Papal Resignation: Sifting Through Theology And The Effect On The Office

Originally published on Mon February 11, 2013 2:10 pm

A Statue of St Peter outside St. Peter's basilica at the Vatican.
Vicenzo Pinto AFP/Getty Images

As The National Catholic Reporter points out, one of the reasons Pope Benedict XVI's resignation is so surprising is because "most modern popes have felt resignation is unacceptable. As Paul VI said, paternity cannot be resigned."

Indeed, as Mark noted earlier, a papal resignation hasn't happened for nearly 600 years.

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11:43am

Mon February 11, 2013
The Salt

Icelandic Herring Had A Tough Winter, But There's Still Herring Ice Cream

Originally published on Tue February 12, 2013 9:34 am

Lack of oxygen probably caused this mass herring die-off on Feb. 3 in an Icelandic fjord.
Brynjar Gauti AP

Icelandic herring have been having a very bad winter. But that may be just a blip in the fish's reinvention as a trendy Nordic nosh.

On Feb. 1, an estimated 22,000 tons of herring were found dead in West Iceland's Kolgrafafjordur fjord. Even more fish — as much as 30,000 tons — were found floating in the same shallow fjord last December.

According to Gudmundur Oskarsson, a senior scientist at Iceland's Marine Research Institute, this accounts for about one-eighth of the total population of Icelandic herring.

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10:12am

Mon February 11, 2013
Remembrances

Pope Benedict XVI: A Champion Of Catholic Tradition

Originally published on Mon February 11, 2013 11:52 am

Pope Benedict XVI, who announced his resignation Monday, was an ardent defender of Catholic tradition. For a quarter-century before he become the pontiff in 2005, he served as the chief enforcer of Catholic orthodoxy.
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On April 19, 2005, when wisps of white smoke puffed from the chimney above the Sistine Chapel, the Roman Catholic Church had its first German pope since the 11th century.

Just one day before his election as Pope Benedict XVI, Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger delivered a homily that, many analysts later said, became the platform of his papacy.

He denounced modern trends he said were undermining Catholicism and Western civilization.

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9:09am

Mon February 11, 2013
Religion

After Pope's Resignation, What's Next For The Church?

Originally published on Mon February 11, 2013 9:41 am

Pope Benedict XVI announced Monday that he will resign on Feb. 28. For more on what his resignation means for the future of the Vatican leadership, Steve Inskeep talks with Mathew Schmalz, a professor of religious studies at College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, Mass.

7:53am

Mon February 11, 2013
Religion

Papal Succession Process Differs For Resignation Vs. Death

Originally published on Mon February 11, 2013 9:41 am

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RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

This is MORNING EDITION, from NPR News. With Steve Inskeep, I'm Renee Montagne.

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