Monday, February 11, 2013

Pope Benedict XVI Resigns at 85

The world is surprised to Pope Benedict XVI's announcement of his resignation as the head of the Catholic Church. Pope Benedict XVI Resigns at 85 making history as the first papal resignation in nearly 600 years.

While this news was shocking, it seems that Pope Benedict XVI is the health-conscious kind given he considered his doctor's advice and even told his brother, Georg Ratzinger that this greatly unexpected news is "a natural process" and that "he wants more rest".

Benedict also called his choice "a decision of great importance for the life of the church."

The Search for the Next Pope!

With Pope Benedict expected to step down on February 28 due ti declining health, the papacy is vacant untl a successor is chosen who is expected to become the next pope before Easter. This unlikely announcement lead to speculations on who the next pope will be. Top contenders are Cardinal Angelo Scola, Archbishop of Milan, Cardinal Christoph Schonborn, archbishop of Vienna, and Cardinal Marc Ouellet the Canadian head of the Vatican's office for bishops.

But just like Pope Benedict's simple and unexpected resignation, the identity of the next pope might come also as a shock to many!! There are so many shocking news lately. What do you think?

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