The resignation of Pope Benedict, as the free act of a serving Pontiff, is actually unprecedented. Previous Popes have "resigned" because they've been pushed out, have become mentally unstable or have been considered illegitimate (because there was another "Pope" considered entitled to the position).
This time, Benedict has announced his retirement while in full possession of his physical and mental faculties, under no pressure to resign and as a free act. That's a first!
It also gives you the chance to offer a reaction and name what the next Pontificate should focus on. We will run this survey over the next 10 days and write it up before the Consistory begins.
The Next Pope Survey:
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