Papal Resignation: Hoping for a break with tradition

Many Catholics hope that a new papacy will bring a fresh approach, writes Gina Menzies.

17th February, 2013
Lightning strikes St Peter's in the Vatican last Monday night.

As the fathers at the First Vatican Council voted on the dogma of papal infallibility on July 18, 1870, a thunderstorm broke over St Peter's Square. Last Monday night, television viewers throughout the world saw lightning strike that same dome in St Peter's. A sign from the heavens?

The day began with the startling and somewhat poignant announcement by a frail, ailing elderly man that he was about to resign his office. But this was no ordinary...

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