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Pope Will Resign, Says He’s Too Sick

This June 16, 2010, file photo shows Pope Benedict XVI leaving at the end of his weekly general audience in St. Peter's Square, at the Vatican. Today, the Vatican announced that Pope Benedict XVI will resign on Feb. 28, due to health problems. More here. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia, file)

Pope Benedict XVI announced Monday that he would resign on Feb. 28 because he was simply too infirm to carry on — the first pontiff to do so in nearly 600 years. The decision sets the stage for a conclave to elect a new pope before the end of March. The 85-year-old pope announced his decision in Latin during a meeting of Vatican cardinals on Monday morning. He emphasized that carrying out the duties of being pope — the leader of more than a billion Roman Catholics worldwide — requires “both strength of mind and body”/AP. More here.

Question: Cindy comments that "Pope Pooped" would have made a better headline. Which prompted me to consider other possibilities like "Pooped Pope To Pull Plug." Is that too irreverent? Do you have something better?

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D.F. Oliveria
D.F. (Dave) Oliveria joined The Spokesman-Review in 1984. He currently is a columnist and compiles the Huckleberries Online blog and writes about North Idaho in his Huckleberries column.

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