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February 11th, 2013
05:37 PM ET

Pope resigning: what it means

By Jim Roope, CNN

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(CNN) – For the first time in 600 years, a pope is retiring. Pope Benedict XVI says at the age of 85 he just simply doesn’t have the energy to lead the flock. What does this mean for the Church?

[:33] “You have an opportunity for new blood to come in, new thinking, new ways of looking at how the church can be relevant in the modern world.”

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CNN Radio News Day: February 11, 2013
Pope Benedict XVI on February 11, 2013 announced he will resign on February 28
February 11th, 2013
04:35 PM ET

CNN Radio News Day: February 11, 2013

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  • Extraordinary and unexpected!  That's some of today's reaction to the announcement from Pope Benedict XVI that he is resigning on February 28th, due to advanced age and failing strength.  He'll become the first pope to give up his papacy in modern times. There are more than one billion Catholic followers worldwide and news of the pope's resignation caught virtually all of them by surprise:

"In terms of his successor I don't think that there's going to be a significant transition... I would be surprised if we were to see something very different in our next pope because, after all, we want an element of continuity as this has come as quite a shock," says Madelaine Teahan, associate editor of Britain's 'Catholic Herald', a London-based Catholic newspaper. FULL POST

February 11th, 2013
04:32 PM ET

Southern states arm themselves for a gun fight

By Tommy Andres, CNN

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(CNN) – President Obama's State of the Union address is expected to focus on the economy, but guns will also be a focal point even if the issue isn't addressed in words.

Around 20 House democrats have announced they will bring people affected by gun violence to the speech, and Republican Sen. John McCain has invited Gabrielle Giffords and her husband Mark Kelly to be his guests.

The speech comes just a week after the second wave of state legislative sessions kicked off, and a slew of gun related bills have hit statehouses across the country. In the Northeast, many states are pushing for stricter gun control, but in many states, mostly in the South, lawmakers are pushing legislation to block any federal gun control measures that may be passed in Washington.
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February 11th, 2013
10:42 AM ET

National politics cloud Hadiya Pendleton funeral

By Nova Safo, CNN

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Chicago, Illinois (CNN) – Hadiya Pendleton, 15, was laid to rest on Saturday following a funeral in which her family struggled to keep national politics from overshadowing her memory.

The funeral was attended by numerous political figures, including Michelle Obama. Pendleton was shot just one mile from the Obamas' Chicago home, and an online petition urged the president to visit his hometown to address the gun violence. Late last week, the White House announced that not only would the first lady attend the funeral but that President Obama would visit Chicago this week to talk about gun violence there.

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