Pope Benedict XVI ResignsSubmitted: 02/11/2013
Story By Melissa Constanzer

Pope Benedict XVI Resigns
ACROSS THE NORTHWOODS - Breaking a centuries old trend doesn't happen every day. But for the first time in nearly 600 years a pope is resigning. Pope Benedict the 16th announced his decision today.

Typically a pope serves until death. But Pope Benedict is stepping down from his position because he says doesn't have the strength. Pope Benedict has paved the way into the modern era for the Catholic Church. He was the first Pope to ever send a Tweet. His legacy will continue with the next pope who faces new challenges.

"[He must be] able to deal with the modern challenges of society, of human issues, life and family and poverty and hunger. So the new pope will have a new, trust I believe, in course of time," says Fr. Tom Thakadipuram, Nativity of Our Lord Pastor.

The resignation comes just two days before the holy season begins. The College of Cardinals must pick a new pope within a month.

"They will have a pope by the Holy Week. That's important. You know, Holy Week, the most important season of the year," says Fr. Tom.

Pope Benedict has suggested that the church consider a pope from Africa or Latin America since many popes are from Europe.

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