As dawn came on this beautiful Monday, word came from the Vatican, not that the head of the Catholic Church had passed away, but that in his advanced years, Pope Benedict XVI has decided that he should resign, and allow the Cardinals to select his successor. His retirement will begin officially on February 28th, 2013, and many speculate that a conclave of the Cardinals will convene to have a new Pope in place before Easter.

It has been more than 600 years since a vacancy in the Papacy has occurred in this manner.

Will the next Pope be from Africa, Asia, or perhaps the United States? And if he is from the United States, will that change the Obama administration’s constatnt ongoing attack on religions? Just food for thought!!