In the Catholic Church there was some very big news this week as Pope Benedict XVI has resigned. He was the first Pope to resign in the past six hundred years. He said that he decided to resign because of age. He is currently 85 years old. The job of being pope was simply too strenuous for him. Not only was he the head of the Catholic Church but he was also the leader of the small country of the Vatican City. He has said that his “strength which in the last few months has deteriorated in me to the extent that I have had to recognize my incapacity to adequately fulfill the ministry entrusted to me.”
His resignation has caused some problems. All of the cardinals now have to vote on the next Pope. This voting process is called the conclave. The conclave can last days and no cardinal is allowed to leave or even make phone call. There are currently 121 cardinals that are allowed to vote. The reason a conclave can last for days is that the cardinals must have a 67% majority vote. This conclave seems as though it will not take an extremely long amount of time and that we will have a new pope soon.
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