NBC News posted a timeline of the pope’s life on Feb. 11, 2013.
On Feb. 11, 2013, Time magazine provided reactions from German leaders to the news about their native son.
Radio Free Europe posted a Q-and-A interview with Kishore Jayabalan, who heads the Rome office of the U.S.-based Acton Institute for the Study of Religion and Liberty. Among other things, the institute official speculates that Benedict might move back to Germany.
A Feb. 11, 2013, Los Angeles Times blog post gives the reaction of Cardinal Roger M. Mahony, who participated in the 2005 conclave that elected Benedict as pope and who will travel to Rome to help choose the next pontiff.
A Feb. 11, 2013, CNN blog post explores the possibility of the next pope being from Africa or Latin America.
The Washington Post says Benedict made his decision months ago and told his brother, who is also a priest.
President Barack Obama, whose relationship with U.S. Catholic leaders has been strained, told USA Today that he warmly remembers meeting the pope in 2009 and extends his best wishes to Benedict and those who will choose his successor. Read the article about Obama’s comments.
Read a Feb. 11, 2013, Washington Post story about past papal resignations.
Read a Feb. 12, 2013, article from USA Today about possible contenders to replace Pope Benedict XVI.