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Vatican / Pope Resignation #1043427

NBC Evening News for Monday, Feb 11, 2013
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(Studio: Brian Williams) The stunning announcement from Pope Benedict XVI that he will resign introduced; photos shown.

(Vatican City: Richard Engel) The pope's resignation examined; scenes shown of him addressing a gathering of cardinals; his remarks about his failing health quoted; details given about his conservatism and the Church scandals he inherited. [In St. Peter’s Square, MAN – reacts.] [NBC Vatican analyst George WEIGEL†- says he is stepping off the stage when he feels he can't exercise the Office of Peter.] [Earlier, BENEDICT – apologizes to victims of sex abuse by priests.]

(Studio: Brian Williams) Report introduced.

(Studio: Anne Thompson) The questions about what is next for the Catholic Church and speculation over a successor examined; details given about the changing makeup of the Church, which is growing in Latin America, Africa and Asia; photos of potential successors, including Cardinals Odilo Scherer†, Peter Turkson† and Marc Ouellet† shown. [Cardinal Timothy DOLAN†, WOMAN - react.] [Georgetown College Dean Chester GILLIS†- says the current cardinals hold the same disposition as the pope.] [Father Robert BARRON†- says we need an evangelical pope.]

Williams, Brian;
Engel, Richard;
Thompson, Anne

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