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Pope's Resignation: What Happens After February 28?

Pope Benedict XVI celebrates the Ash Wednesday mass in St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican, Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2013. Ash Wed
Pope Benedict XVI celebrates the Ash Wednesday mass in St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican, Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2013. Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of Lent, a solemn period of 40 days of prayer and self-denial leading up to Easter. Pope Benedict XVI told thousands of faithful Wednesday that he was resigning for "the good of the church", an extraordinary scene of a pope explaining himself to his flock that unfolded in his first appearance since dropping the bombshell announcement. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)

The Pope’s resignation is greatest reform in the Church since the Vatican Council II, a turning point. After Benedict XVI’s decision to renounce the Chair of Peter, nothing will be as it was before in the Holy See. There are both doctrinal and theological questions. And, in the meantime, there are practical, day-to-day questions, which are turning the Curia and the Vatican administration upside down. Curiosities have been unleashed with a passion. Father Federico Lombardi, a Jesuit and director of the Vatican Press, is often called upon to answer questions.

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