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Vatican Connections: Benedict's last week as pope

February 22, 2013
It has been nearly two weeks since Pope Benedict XVI shocked the world by announcing his resignation. Last week we looked at his announcement and the reaction from the cardinals who were first hand witnesses to the historic moment. This week we look at the questions that have begin to arise: what will happen to Benedict XVI after February 28? When will the conclave start? What will the next pope have to deal with with? What is Pope Benedict XVI doing before he leaves the See of Peter?
John Thavis, former CNS Rome Bureau Chief and the author of “Vatican Diaries” looks at this moment in relation to the nearly 30 years of Vatican events he’s covered. George Weigel looks ahead to the challenges the next pope will have to deal with. Francis X. Rocca, CNS Rome Bureau Chief walks us through what is happening this week and next, and points out things to watch for in the coming days. Also, we take questions from viewers about this resignation, including the various rumors that are circulating about Pope Benedict’s decision.