Pope's resignation sparks questions

  • Article by: L.V. Anderson , Slate
  • Updated: February 13, 2013 - 2:25 PM

Pope Benedict XVI stunned the world Monday by announcing his resignation from the papacy, effective Feb. 28. He will be the first pope to step down since Gregory XII in 1415. The resignation raises several questions we will attempt to answer — even though the near-unprecedented nature of Benedict’s decision means that in several cases, we’ll just have to wait and see.

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