The 4 other popes who abdicated

by -NO AUTHOR- -- (WASHINGTON POST) On Feb. 28, Pope Benedict XVI will become the first pope to resign in almost 600 years. That’s not just tradition — it’s dogma. The Washington Post’s more…

Catholic Church to elect 1st black pope?

by -NO AUTHOR- -- (WASHINGTON TIMES) The Roman Catholic Church very well could elect its first black pope — or, at the least, its first pope of non-European descent, according to various strategists and more…

Key events in life of Benedict XVI

by -NO AUTHOR- -- (AP) Benedict XVI says he is stepping down at the end of the month, lacking the strength to fulfill his duties at the head of the Catholic Church. more…

CNN trashes pope, Catholic Church

by -NO AUTHOR- -- (BREITBART) Today came the shocking news that 85-year-old Pope Benedict XVI has made the decision to resign at the end of the month, citing advanced age, fatigue, and exhaustion. While more…

Pope's resignation 'surprise' even to insiders

by Taylor Rose -- [ooyala code="BuaDFhOTrFk7gCW1cGXDscJ_JJrnLvTe"] WASHINGTON - The announcement by Pope Benedict XVI today that he will resign over health issues – the first time a pope has resigned in 600 more…

Germany's Merkel: Respect pope's decision

by -NO AUTHOR- -- BERLIN (AP) -- German Chancellor Angela Merkel said Monday she had the "very highest respect" for German-born Pope Benedict XVI's decision to step down - a move that more…

'Heavy heart but complete understanding'

by -NO AUTHOR- -- (NBC NEWS) Pope Benedict XVI’s abdication announcement at a small event in Rome Monday came as such a surprise that the cardinals in the room were astonished, a more…

Text of Pope Benedict's announcement

by -NO AUTHOR- -- (FOX NEWS) Dear Brothers, I have convoked you to this Consistory, not only for the three canonizations, but also to communicate to you a decision of great importance more…

Pope Benedict XVI to resign

by -NO AUTHOR- -- (NBC NEWS) Updated at 10:40 a.m. ET: ROME -- Pope Benedict XVI announced Monday he will step aside as leader of the world's 1.2 billion Roman Catholics on Feb. more…

Syrian Christians 'running out of places to survive'

by Michael Carl -- Human-rights activists say the situation for Christians in Syria is growing more intense and that the ever-shrinking Christian population is near the breaking point. Middle East Forum fellow more…