Pope Benedict XVI took over the news today with the announcement that he would be retiring at the end of the month. It happened in front of a small gathering of cardinals at the Vatican, and Benedict said that after examining his conscience “before God, I have come to the certainty that my strengths, due to an advanced age, are no longer suited to an adequate exercise” of leading the Roman Catholic church. The announcement was made in Latin, and according to NPR this morning not every cardinal in attendance caught his meaning right away.
The ensuing media storm cleared up any confusion.
This makes Benedict the first pope in six centuries to retire from the position, causing scholars and religious experts to speculate on who would replace him and how Benedict would factor in the decision. Sadly, we don’t have any scholars or experts on staff, but we did want to cover this historic event. And, as luck would have it, we recalled this video from a couple years ago.
The usually staid weekly Papal audience got spiced up when an acrobatic troupe arrived, whipped off their shirts to reveal ripped, muscular bodies, and performed some amazing partner balancing.
Our favorite part? When the nuns in the audience LOSE THEIR MINDS! Check it out.