Pope Benedict Leaves A Church Mired In Crises

NPR | Feb. 28, 2013 9:54 a.m.

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Sylvia Poggioli

Pope Benedict’s resignation becomes final Thursday. After meeting with the cardinals, he departs via helicopter to the papal retreat south of Rome. Meanwhile pressure intensifies on the College of Cardinals whose duty it is to select the next pope. Church liberals, conservatives, women’s groups, victims of sexual abuse, new Catholics in the developing world — all will want to be heard.


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