One would have to come from another planet if they were not aware of the changes taking place in the Roman Catholic Church. On Monday, 11th February 2013, Benedict XVI announced his retirement. Normally, the pope’s office becomes vacant as from the date that the current pope dies. So, this was a bit of a change, being the first resignation (or retirement) in almost 600 years. Gregory XII was the last resignation, in 1415.
Thus, today, Tuesday, 12th March 2013, marks the day that the Cardinals gather to begin the process of electing a new pope. Continue reading