Pope B16 announces his resignation - on February 11- 98th anniversary of Wlodimir Ledochowski becoming the 'Black Pope'
from Wispers in the Loggia:
http://whispersintheloggia.blogspot.com/2014/02/benedict-year-on.htmlAnd that came after the resigning of the Jesuit 'Black Pope' Peter Kolvanbach in early 2008- yielding the situation of 2 living 'Black' and 'White' Popes, most unusual as they usually serve in their respective decisions until the end of their lives.
Simply put, it was the biggest story the beat had ever seen... and as if to underscore the point, a year ago tonight – hours after Benedict XVI announced his resignation from the papacy – lightning struck the dome of St Peter's.
In the rush toward a Conclave the news suddenly kicked off – and then a second tectonic shift in the choice of the 266th Pope – it can be said in retrospect that the first renunciation of the papacy since before Europeans settled the Americas wasn't absorbed as the magnitude of the moment deserved. And for whatever changes have already come in the reign of Francis, even more in the offing, Joseph Ratzinger's departure still makes for the office's most significant reform in centuries. ...