Catholic Church Has No Pope

    In this photo provided by the Vatican newspaper L'Osservatore Romano, Vatican personnel seal the apartment of Pope Benedict XVI after he left the Vatican, Thursday, Feb. 28, 2013.  Benedict XVI became the first pope in 600 years to resign Thursday, ending an eight-year pontificate shaped by struggles to move the church past sex abuse scandals and to reawaken Christianity in an indifferent world. (AP Photo/L'Osservatore Romano, ho)

    Vatican officials seal the apartment of Pope Benedict XVI on Thursday. (L'Osservatore Romano, via AP)

    Catholics are running wild through Vatican City! Probably not, but since Benedict XVI resigned at 8 p.m. Thursday, the church has been without a leader. This period between old pope and new, known as sede vacante, is not unusual, as most papacies end before a new pontiff is elected. It should take no more than 20 days for the College of Cardinals to decide on Benedict’s successor. During this time, the cardinals will also discuss issues within the Catholic church and challenges it will face. So it’s still kind of like a giant party. Kind of.

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