Cast your mind back to February 2013. Remember what was happening and how people felt. How you felt. The resignation of Pope Benedict XVI on Feb. 11, 2013, caught the world by surprise, but after the initial shock wore off, it didn’t seem all that surprising … Another week later and Pope Francis was introduced to the world. Looking a bit stunned, he bowed from the waist and asked the crowd before him and the multitudes watching on television to pray for him … What has Francis actually done? He is making all the baptized co-responsible. He’s giving us our church back.”
By Dennis Coday, National Catholic Reporter — Click here to read the rest of this article.
Also of interest on the same topic is John L. Allen, Jr.’s, article in The Boston Globe — Pope’s Bold Resignation Began Vatican Year of Change
One Year Ago, Pope Benedict XVI Resigned — What a Difference a Year Makes / National Catholic Reporter