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Simultaneous Popes Could Disrupt Catholic Church

Pope Benedict XVI surprised Catholics around the world on Monday by announcing that he will resign on Feb. 28, after serving for just under eight years. It has been six centuries since a pope resigned. In a statement, Benedict said "I have come to the certainty that my strengths, due to an advanced age, are no longer suited to an adequate exercise" of his duties. Speculation is already swirling about who will succeed him.
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Last Papal Resignation In 1415 Ended 'Western Schism'

In light of the Pope Benedict XVI's resignation, Melissa Block speaks with Father Thomas Worcester from the College of the Holy Cross about the rarity of papal resignations and the "Western Schism" that last caused a Pope to step down in 1415.
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American Catholics Divided On Pope Benedict's Legacy

Catholics in the U.S. had varying reactions to Pope Benedict's surprise resignation on Monday.
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How To Pick A Pope (With Latin Subtitles)

Cardinals, conclaves, ballots and smoke. Understanding what comes next when the Vatican needs to name a new pope to lead the Catholic Church.
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After Pope's Surprise Resignation, A Flood Of Speculation

Pope Benedict XVI, the former Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, unexpectedly announced Monday that he will resign at the end of the month. With his resignation comes speculation about his tenure, potential successors and the future of the Catholic Church. Rocco Palmo, who runs the blog Whispers in the Loggia, explores the pope's legacy and what's ahead for the Catholic Church.

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