The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA

March 2, 2013

Benedict’s resignation: hints were there all along

By Nicole Winfield

The Associated Press

VATICAN CITY — Benedict XVI stunned the world when he announced Feb. 11 he would resign as pope. But in retrospect, all the signs were there, and they even accelerated in recent months. Here’s a look at the hints Benedict dropped starting in 2005, his first year as pope, indicating that unlike his predecessors over 600 years, his papacy would end in retirement, not death.