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New York News
6:30 pm
Tue February 11, 2014

Brooklyn’s Msgr. Edward Scharfenberger Named Bishop Of Albany

"I commend myself and my ministry to Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception, patroness of our Diocese." ~ Reverend Monsignor Edward Scharfenberger
Credit WAMC Composite Photo by Dave Lucas / Roman Catholic Diocese of Albany

Reverend Monsignor Edward Scharfenberger was announced as the 10th Bishop of the Diocese of Albany Tuesday morning.

Some 36 years ago, in March 1977,  Reverend Howard Hubbard received word from the Vatican that he was chosen to serve as Bishop of Albany. The years have passed quickly.

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WAMC News
6:21 am
Mon February 11, 2013

Vatican announces pope's retirement

Pope Benedict XVI performing a blessing during the canonization mass in St. Peter's Square in Rome, Italy on Sunday October 12, 2008.
Credit WIkimedia Commons / Rvin88

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.

The 85-year-old pope announced his decision in Latin during a meeting of Vatican cardinals on Monday morning.

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."

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