Members of the Swiss Guard prepare to close the doors to Pope Benedict XVI's residence in Castel Gandolfo as he begins his retirement on February 28, 2013 in Castel Gandolfo, Italy.
February 28th, 2013
04:40 PM ET
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- Today Pope Benedict XVI became the first pontiff to resign since the Middle Ages. The bells of St. Peter's Basilica rang out as Benedict boarded a helicopter and flew away from the Vatican and off into retirement. He'll spend the next few weeks in Castel Gandolfo, the small Italian resort town just about 15 miles southeast of Rome. CNN's Becky Anderson was there for his arrival:
"He's here because, effectively, from tomorrow they will seal his apartment at the Vatican and that will only be unsealed when a new pope is elected. He's here for two months, just though while they redecorate what is an old monastery at the Vatican it will be his residence in isolation for him for the rest of his life."
- News out of Rome today wasn't all pope related. Representatives from more than 60 nations gathered there to talk about strategies to end Syria's nearly two-year civil war. Among them, Secretary of State John Kerry who announced the U.S. will begin to provide aid to Syrian rebels:
“The United States of America will be providing an additional $60 million immediately in non-lethal assistance to support the [Syrian Opposition] Coalition in its operational needs."
- According to the latest census, 50 million Hispanics live in the U.S. and Spanish has become a widely spoken language. In may parts of Miami, Spanish is used as Frequently – or more often than – English. But when the Mayor of Doral, Florida, Luigi Boria, tried to make Spanish the second official language, he got a rude awakening. Doral City Councilwoman Christi Fraga says he got no support from council members:
"I believe that it would have caused more harm than good."
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