Papal Resignation: Hoping for a break with tradition
Many Catholics hope that a new papacy will bring a fresh approach, writes Gina Menzies.
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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