The head of a Catholic NGO believes the Church must change radically or it will lose an entire generation of Catholics
In one of his final meetings with priests, the Pope offered reminiscences and strong opinions on the Council and its aftermath.
Catholicism's center of gravity is shifting south and in Africa it is vibrant and booming. Should this be reflected in the choice of next pope?
A packed crowd cheered wildly as the pope thanked them and asked for their continued prayers.
The writer says that "the Pope’s gesture was almost an act of surrender before the world which is changing at a rhythm which a man born in 1927 could never have imagined," and asks if it always has to be this way.
Cardinal Turkson may have damaged any ambitions he harbored about the papacy.
A radical suggestion with some sound Biblical argument from a Pulitzer Prize winning writer.
Reflections from a nun on this important day for Catholics.
Father Lombardi talked about the pope's medical condition and his plans for the immediate and longer term future.
Here is a digest of comment, analysis, opinions - both positive and negative - and facts about the Pope's resignation.
The pope will be faced with a question that no pope has had to answer for the last 600 years.
Will the papacy remain within Europe or will it go to an American, African or even Asian candidate?