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@JMBergoglio account is probably fake

Quizás peco de humildad al decir que soy un simple representante de Dios en La Tierra al igual que Dios lo es de mí en El Cielo. — Jorge M Bergoglio (@JMBergoglio) March 13, 2013 A Twitter account that appears to be the microblogging home of new Pope Francis is probably a fake. "To the … Read More

Pope Benedict XVI resigns: What you need to know

Pope Benedict XVI, who is 85, surprised the world Monday morning by announcing he will resign "due to an advanced age." • Many news organizations have reported that Pope Gregory XII was the last leader of the Roman Catholic Church to resign, in 1415. However, in this clip NBC Vatican analyst George Weigel says it's been "717 years" since the last pope abdicated, by which he probably means Celestine V, who resigned 719 years ago, in 1294. Gregory was not the pope for whom was named the Gregorian calendar (that was Gregory XIII) or Gregorian chant (Gregory the Great or Gregory II, opinions differ). XII resigned so the church could unite under a single pope after a schism. He died in 1417. Here's some background on papal resignations. Read More

Religion Newswriters Association announces contest winners

Romenesko+ Misc. Michelle Boorstein won the large newspaper reporting award for the Washington Post, while Tim Townsend of St. Louis Post-Dispatch won the metro newspaper reporter of the year award. The Washington Post's William Wan won first-place in the Supple Religion Writer of the Year competition, and the Religion Commentary of the Year award went to Kay Campbell of The Huntsville Times. The full list of winners is after the jump. Read More
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