By Latina Staff | 03/01/2013 - 09:51
The red loafers have left the building.
Pope Benedict XVI left the Vatican today, ending a seven-year reign as the head of the Catholic Church and becoming the first pontiff in 600 years to resign.
The pope, who favored red loafers and whose appointment as pope was marked by sexual abuse scandals by priests, toured St. Peter’s square in the popemobile, greeting tens of thousands gathered for the occasion, and stopping to bless babies.
By Kamren Curiel | 02/12/2013 - 12:26
Argentina's Leonardo Sandri may be in the running to become the first Latin American to lead the world’s one billion Roman Catholics after Pope Benedict XVI announced his resignation Monday.
In the midst of what was supposed to be a routine meeting with cardinals about potential saints, Pope Benedict (born Joseph Ratzinger) delivered the news in Latin that he is resigning on Feb. 28 because of old age. Benedict will become the first pope in 600 years to resign.