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FEATURED COVERAGE: Synod for the Amazon
New Book: In 2005 conclave, Benedict recalls thinking, "I was 78-years-old … you cannot hoist a 78-year-old onto the chair of Peter."
On Feb. 28, 2013, Pope Benedict XVI left the Vatican for the last time as pope, ending his eight-year papacy and leading to the election of Pope Francis.
Perspective: The resignation of Pope Benedict XVI caught the world by surprise, but after the shock wore off, it didn't seem all that surprising.
Essay: The fundamental need within Catholicism is to grow institutionally and structurally into the interrelated three-fold form of ecclesial existence.