Catholics shocked over pope’s resignation
|Pope Benedict XVI|
The last time an abdication occurred was 600 years ago in 1415.
Mumbai: The news of the resignation of Pope Benedict XVI has shocked Indians with some terming it a right decision keeping in mind his health.
"Never in living memory has a Pope resigned. In fact, the tradition is that he continues in office until his death," said one of the parishioners at the St Blaise Church in Amboli, Mumbai.
Pope Benedict XVI, the head of the Catholic Church, announced his surprise resignation effective February 28, citing advanced age and ill health.
Few Church observers even knew that the Pope could resign. The last time an abdication occurred was 600 years ago in 1415.