It has been a bit surprising to see the degree of attention being given to the resignation of Pope Benedict XVI and the coming election of a new Pope by the Cardinals in the Roman Catholic Church. The publicity is international, mirroring the church’s membership.
The Pope’s resignation caught everybody by surprise, even his inner circle. In greeting the faithful Thursday for the last time, Benedict XVI said he is beginning the final stages of his life “simply a pilgrim” in his final journey.
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