Pope Benedict XVI is retiring from the leadership of the Catholic Church. Long ago popes took refuge in the Castel Sant’Angelo when they were under threat from enemy armies. Benedict will leave his position without having to do that, but neither will he disappear all together.
Euronews went to the Vatican to get a better understanding of the Catholic Church’s position and future after this historic event.
The time between the announcement of the pope’s abdication and the moment he steps down on February 28, see the Vatican in a situation which is without precedent in recent history.
There is a power vacuum even though the pope is still alive. Euronews discussed this with the editor-in-chief of L’Osservatore Romano, the Vatican newspaper.