Pope Benedict XVI announced Monday that he would resign at the end of the month because he was too infirm to carry on — the first pontiff to do so in nearly 600 years. The decision sets the stage to elect a new pope before the end of March.
Pope Benedict XVI begins a six day trip to Mexico and Cuba tomorrow. This is the Pope’s first trip to both countries. Officially, the Pope’s trip will coincide with the 400th anniversary of the discovery of the statue of the Virgin of Charity.
Pope Benedict XVI heads to Cuba and Mexico on Friday. The Pope’s trip coincides with the 400th anniversary of the discovery of the statue of the Virgin of Charity. Many church observers believe, however, that the Pope's trip is also an attempt to further the church's political agenda.