Pope Resignation

8:14am

Mon February 11, 2013
Religion

Benedict XVI, Vatican's Traditionalist Enforcer, Steps Down

Originally published on Mon February 11, 2013 8:16 am

The first German pope in a thousand years is a cold, distant intellectual who never served as a parish priest. Cardinal Ratzinger, the Vatican Enforcer, became Pope Benedict XVI. As successor to John Paul II, Benedict was never as beloved by the faithful but still attracted crowds matching those of his media-savvy predecessor.

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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7:44am

Mon February 11, 2013
Religion

Pope's Resignation News Pauses Runup To Obama's Speech

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

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And this is the day of the week when we normally talk to our MORNING EDITION contributor Cokie Roberts about politics. This morning, though, politics and the runup to the president's State of the Union Address tomorrow have been overshadowed by the news out of Rome.

So we've asked Cokie, a longtime Vatican watcher, to weigh in on the announcement that Pope Benedict is resigning at the end of this month.

And good morning, Cokie.

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6:39am

Mon February 11, 2013
The Two-Way

Text Of Pope Benedict XVI's Resignation Announcement

Originally published on Mon February 11, 2013 12:24 pm

Pope Benedict XVI last December at the Vatican.
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5:17am

Mon February 11, 2013
Religion

Vatican 'Surprised' By Pope's Resignation Announcement

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

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It's MORNING EDITION, from NPR News. I'm Steve Inskeep.

RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

And I'm Renee Montagne.

Within the last hour, we have heard that Pope Benedict is resigning at the end of this month. A Vatican spokesman said the pope's announcement, quote, "took us by surprise," suggesting that even the pontiff's closest aides did not know what he was about to do. The last pope to resign was Gregory XII, in 1415.

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