Pope Benedict XVI
Members of the Cathedral of the Annunciation in Stockton gathered Thursday to pray for the cardinals in Vatican City as they select a new pope.
After Pope Benedict’s stunning announcement Monday that he was retiring as the head of the Roman Catholic Church, many are wondering how the change in leadership will affect the priest sex abuse scandal.
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.
Groups across the religious spectrum have applauded Pope Benedict XVI’s new book, which explicitly states that Jews are not collectively responsible for Jesus’ death.