VATICAN CITY— On Feb. 11, Pope Benedict made it public that he will step down from his role as head of the Catholic Church, raising a number of questions about how the process of resignation works.
Only two other popes have resigned their post voluntarily in the history of the Church, with the last one being Gregory XII in 1415.
But, in retrospect, the idea was perhaps not so distant from the mind of Benedict XVI.
The first clear hint of such a move being on the mind of Pope Benedict came in his 2010 interview with the German journalist Peter Seewald.
That series of questions from Seewald later became the book Light of the World.
In that work, the Pope responded to a question...READ MORE