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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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Just the thought has me counting all the notebooks I'll use up between now and Resurrection Day.

I'll be counting them in my sleep.

The pope's announcement was the topic of conversation everywhere I went this week. It didn't matter what faith group the people belonged to or if they even believed in God — they were talking about the pope and his historic declaration.

Though he is considered the theological leader of the Catholic Church, interest in who he is and what he does stretches far beyond the Catholic world.

I predict our attention will remain focused on Rome in the coming weeks as Benedict retires from the papacy and preparations are made to elect a new papal leader.

Look for future stories in The Oklahoman that will explore all of the implications and facets of this historic moment in time as they continue to unfold.

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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