Papal Resignation: A pontiff who never budged

Pope Benedict remained immovable on issues like the ordination of women, but he went much further than his predecessor in condemning sexual abuse by priests, writes Kieran Wood.

17th February, 2013
Pope Benedict XVI: stepping down after just under eight years as pontiff.

The shock news last week of Pope Benedict XVI's resignation has left commentators reeling. The pope, 85, who was elected almost eight years ago, will stand down at 8pm Italian time on February 28. He's the first pope to resign voluntarily for almost 600 years.

Speaking in Latin to a group of cardinals, he said that his "strengths, due to an advanced age, are no longer suited to an adequate exercise of the Petrine ministry". He said his...

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