The Pope Is Resigning?

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We've all asked that question these past 24 hours, maybe a little incredulously.  How does the pope resign?  Why is he resigning?  What happens now?  Who will be the next pope?  When?

While there have been lots of news stories, articles, social media posts, and of course, speculation, regarding this BIG news in the Church, it is good for us to look to our shepherds, our bishops and priests, even Pope Benedict XVI himself, for answers to these questions.

Yesterday, Bishop Rhoades held a press conference where he read a statement and then answered questions:

And, for more reading on the Holy Father’s resignation and the process of electing a new pope, here are some great links:

Vatican News

CNS on the Period of Transition

America Magazine Q&A on the Election of a New Pope

Cardinal Dolan on the Today Show

 

Let us pray for our Holy Father, Pope Benedict XVI, for the College of Cardinals, and for God’s will in the election of a new pope:

+Come Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of your faithful and kindle in them the fire of your love. Send forth your Spirit, and they shall be created. And You shall renew the face of the earth.  Amen.+