Pope Benedict XVI announces resignation


The news is surprising and unprecedented in the modern papacy, Pope Benedict XVI is announcing today that he will step down. Today, we look at the the reasons and the implications.

Rome bureau chief for Newsweek, Barbie Latza Nadeau

Well as you've been hearing in the news today it was a surprise announcement, Pope Benedict the XVI saying he will resign at the end of the month on February 28th. The Pope says his strength, mind and body have "deteriorated in me to the extent that I have had to recognize my incapacity to adequately fulfill the ministry entrusted to me."

He is the first pontiff to resign while in office in nearly 600 years.

Barbie Latza Nadeau is the Rome bureau chief for Newsweek and The Daily Beast and she's been following the story in Rome.

Globe & Mail European Correspondent , Eric Reguly

Eric Reguly is the Globe and Mail's European correspondent based in Rome.

Theology Professor, Catherine Clifford

Catherine Clifford is a professor of theology at St. Paul University in Ottawa.

This segment was produced by The Current's Lara O'Brien, Pacinthe Mattar and Patricia Brotzel.

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