Monday, February 11, 2013

Benedict is Not the First Pope to Resign

In case you have not heard, Benedict XVI will resign the papacy on February 28th.  David Austin Walsh of the History News Network has the historical angle of Pope Benedict's resignation covered.

Benedict XVI is not the first Pope to resign.  He is not even the first Pope named Benedict to resign.  As Walsh reports:

Benedict IX resigned in 1045

Celestine V resigned in 1294

Gregory XII resigned in 1415

And there were more.  Read the entire article here.