papal resignation http://wamc.org en NY Cardinal Dolan: Electing pope all new to him http://wamc.org/post/ny-cardinal-dolan-electing-pope-all-new-him <p>NEW YORK (AP) — New York Cardinal Timothy Dolan says electing a new pope is all new to him since he's still learning what it means to be archbishop.<br><br>At a news conference Monday, Dolan quipped he was "still writing thank-you notes from when I was made a cardinal" last year.</p> Mon, 11 Feb 2013 15:04:43 +0000 Associated Press 57569 at http://wamc.org NY Cardinal Dolan: Electing pope all new to him Vatican announces pope's retirement http://wamc.org/post/vatican-announces-popes-retirement <p>VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Benedict XVI announced Monday that he would resign Feb. 28 — the first pontiff to do so in nearly 600 years. The decision sets the stage for a conclave to elect a new pope before the end of March.</p><p>The 85-year-old pope announced his decision in Latin during a meeting of Vatican cardinals on Monday morning.</p><p>He emphasized that carrying out the duties of being pope — the leader of more than a billion Roman Catholics worldwide — requires "both strength of mind and body."</p> Mon, 11 Feb 2013 11:21:20 +0000 Associated Press 57548 at http://wamc.org Vatican announces pope's retirement