I know I just said that I would try to limit the articles this week so we can rest and catch up, but this one article is worth publishing so here it is:
VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Benedict XVI announced Monday that he would resign Feb. 28 — the first pontiff to do so in nearly 600 years. The decision sets the stage for a conclave to elect a new pope before the end of March.
The 85-year-old pope announced his decision in Latin during a meeting of Vatican cardinals on Monday morning.
Asked why he announced his decision in Latin, the Pope responded in German, “It has come to my attention that Latin is experiencing a rebirth of sorts in the world. It has become a language in transition, proving, as I and many of my homeboy bishops often like to say, that God does marvelous things. In particular, there are number of kick-ass young teachers in the U.S. who are unlocking major doors into traditions and writings and histories that we thought up to this point were sealed from us in their precious original forms forever. The bridge to the past is getting shorter. I just think that is very badass, and so I wanted to polish up and show off some of my own Latin a little bit in making this announcement.”
[Ed. note: OK I made up the last paragraph…the rest of the article is from The Huffington Post]