VATICAN CITY— Pope Benedict XVI
will become the first pontiff in six centuries to resign, marking the
end of a transitional papacy that focused more on theological and
internal renewal and less on the broader challenges that face the Roman
Catholic church at the start of its 21st century of existence.
The pope's surprise announcement paves the way for a successor who will confront anew the task of rebuilding the church's foundations in an increasingly secular and skeptical West while continuing to spread its roots in the rapidly growing emerging world.
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