Pope Resigns for Health Reasons

Pope Benedict XVI is resigning for reasons of health, effective February 28. This is the first time a pope has resigned in 600 years.

Benedict has been recognized by Jewish leaders for clearly stating that the Jewish people are not responsible for the death of Jesus. Although this has been an official church policy for at least half a century, there is a detailed account in the Pope’s book.

When the Pope, a German, was first elected, there was concern in the Jewish world, since he had been a member of the Hitler Youth and the German army during the World War II era.

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