The news spread through the whole world, that the supreme ruler of the Holy See of the Catholic Church, Pope Benedict XVI announced his resignation from the post. Unusual statement bombshell in the media, because it is the first such case in the last 600 years.
Cases of denial of the post pontiff historians were known before. In 1294 resigned as Pope Celestine V, who preferred the high status of the Pope lives a simple hermit. However, his successor, Boniface VIII did not approve of such an act and imprisoned in the fortress of the previous pope. Read the rest of this entry »