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Picking A Pope? Try The 'Sweet Sistine' Bracket Challenge

"March madness" is around the corner. So is the selection of a new pope. Religion News Service is bringing the two together.
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Sometimes 'The Lord Seemed To Sleep,' Pope Says In Farewell

A huge crowd gathered Wednesday for Pope Benedict XVI's final general audience before his resignation takes effect on Thursday. In his remarks, the pope indirectly acknowledged that his nearly 8 years as head of the Roman Catholic Church have not always been easy.
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'Pope Emeritus' Benedict XVI Will Wear White, But Trade In Red Shoes

Outgoing Benedict XVI will be referred to as "His Holiness" and carry the title of "pope emeritus," the Vatican says.
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Sex Scandals Threaten To Mar Selection Of Next Pope

Pope Benedict XVI announced a change to Vatican law Monday to allow his successor to be chosen sooner than expected. His resignation takes effect Thursday. But the papal succession may be overshadowed by sex scandals. Linda Wertheimer talks to Father Thomas Reese of Georgetown University about recent developments.
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The Hermit Pope Who Set The Precedent For Benedict XVI

Pope Benedict XVI leaves office this week, the second pope to resign voluntarily. The first was Celestine V, a hermit who quit in 1294, after a brief and disastrous stint. Some scholars say Dante damned Celestine as a coward in his Inferno. Yet his example, legally and spiritually, played a major role in Benedict's departure.

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