A big announcement out of the Vatican this morning, and it has to do with Philadelphia.
His resignation shocked the world, but Pope Benedict has still not made an official resignation Tweet.
The scheduling of the Conclave — the meeting of the College of Cardinals to elect a new Pope — is still in the works.
Philadelphia-based Catholic journalist Rocco Palmo writes about the Vatican and church politics and says Pope Benedict’s resignation was a stunning and historic announcement.
Pope Benedict XVI announced Monday that he would resign on Feb. 28 because he was simply too infirm to carry on—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.
Hoping priests will follow his digital example, Pope Benedict is urging church leaders to spread the faith to the next generation on social media.