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pope francis sits on a chair next to retired pope benedict. both are wearing white and smiling
FaithNews
Carol Glatz - Catholic News Service
Canon lawyers are proposing new laws that will delineate the rules on papal retirement. Retired Pope Benedict XVI has had to trailblaze a path, as the last pope to step down was in 1294.
Pope Benedict XVI views the casket of St. Celestine V, a 13th-century pope who resigned, during his visit to the earthquake-damaged Basilica of Santa Maria di Collemaggio in L'Aquila, Italy, in this April 28, 2009, file photo. Pope Benedict retired in 2013. (CNS photo/L'Osservatore Romano via Reuters)
FaithNews
Carol Glatz - Catholic News Service
The resignation of Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI has sparked internal debate over the status and titles of former Popes. One group of canon lawyers and academics are working to draft a ruleset for this navigating papal resignations going forward.
Politics & SocietyShort Take
James T. Keane
No, Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI is not dead. No, Pope Francis is not resigning. And no, the Vatican is not hiding a secret time machine.
Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI, left, greets Pope Francis prior to the start of the beatification ceremony of Pope Paul VI and a mass for the closing of a two-week synod on family issues, in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican, Sunday, Oct. 19, 2014. Pope Francis has said that if and when he ever retires, he wouldn’t live in the Vatican or return to his native Argentina but would like to find a church in Rome where he could continue hearing confessions. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia, File)
FaithNews
The Associated Press
Pope Francis said he would not live in the Vatican or return to his native Argentina if and when he ever retires, but would instead like to find a church in Rome where he could continue hearing confessions.
Politics & SocietyNews
Nicole Winfield - Associated Press
A new book, citing recently opened Vatican archives, suggests that Pope Pius XII avoided conflict with Nazis and that the Vatican worked hardest to save Jews who had converted to Catholicism.
Cardinals in scarlet vestments leave the Pro Eligendo Pontiface Mass prior to the Conclave, March 12, 2013, at the Vatican.
FaithNews Analysis
Thomas Reese - Religion News Service
Before he dies or retires, Pope Francis needs to make changes in the process of electing a new pope to avoid the possibility of a deadlocked conclave.