Keen interest in all things papal

The surprising announcement of Pope Benedict XVI's decision to resign on Feb. 28 has drawn the world's attention — and the attention of Oklahomans — to the Catholic Church.
by Carla Hinton Published: February 16, 2013
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Where were you when you heard that the pope planned to resign?

I was at home when my sister sent me what I thought was a cryptic text message at 5:30 a.m. Monday: “Your day is going to be busy, huh?”

Yep, I replied, hoping that my short answer would make her realize I did not want to converse before dawn.

“It's really interesting about the pope,” she wrote back.

What about the POPE?! I asked as I scrambled to turn on my TV.

And of course, before she could send her answer, I watched a cable news broadcast and learned that my day would indeed be busy. Something that hadn't happened in almost 600 years had occurred, something that most people had never even imagined could happen: Pope Benedict XVI submitted his resignation.

My mind tried to wrap itself around many different scenarios and possible stories. The many facets of this resignation heard around the world — and lots of questions — swirled in my head. I'm sure others, whether they were Catholic or not, were doing the same thing after being assured that, one, the pope was serious about resigning, and two, there likely will be a new pontiff by Easter.


by Carla Hinton
Religion Editor
Carla Hinton, an Oklahoma City native, joined The Oklahoman in 1986 as a National Society of Newspaper Editors minority intern. She began reporting full-time for The Oklahoman two years later and has served as a beat writer covering a wide...
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