An edited interview with Harvard Business School professor and leadership historian Nancy F. Koehn. Pope Benedict XVI just resigned, citing age and poor health. Aside from the whole "no pope has resigned in the past 600 years" thing, why is this important in the grand scheme of how we understand work and leadership? ... Lesson number one is about the importance of endurance and physical stamina, and the...
<p>Pope Benedict XVI called on Christians to lead a life that's "coherent" with their beliefs in his last public address before becoming the first Roman Catholic pontiff in six centuries to leave power.</p><p>The German-born Benedict, 85, addressed a general audience of tens of thousands of pilgrims in St. Peter's Square today. Entering the 17th-century square in the "Popemobile" for a final blessing, he spoke from a stage in front of St. Peter's Basilica. Benedict will become the first pope tomorrow to leave office since Gregory XII in 1415.</p><p>Left, Pope Benedict XVI waves to the gathered crowds during his final public address in St. Peter's Square, in Vatican City, on Feb. 27, 2013.</p> Source: Photograph by Gregorio Borgia/AP Photo
By Debbi Wilgoren Feb. 11 (Washington Post) -- Pope Benedict XVI said Monday that he will resign at the end of February because he no longer has the strength to fulfill the duties of his office, news services reported. Benedict, 85, is the first pope to resign in nearly 600 years. His decision means that for the first time in centuries, there will be a living former pope looking on as his successor leads the Catholic church. "After having repeatedly examined my conscience before God, I have come to the certainty that my strengths, due to an advanced age, are no longer suited to an adequate exercise of the Petrine ministry," Benedict said in a statement issued by the Vatican at midday in Rome (6 a.m. Washington time). In order to lead the world's 1 billion-plus Catholics, Benedict said, "both strength of mind and body are necessary, strength which in the last few months, has deteriorated in me to
<p>Pope Benedict XVI, saying he no longer has the strength to lead the world's 1.2 billion Catholics, will resign from the papacy at the end of the month, the first such abdication in almost 600 years.</p><p>"After having repeatedly examined my conscience before God, I have come to the certainty that my strengths, due to an advanced age, are no longer suited to an adequate exercise of the Petrine ministry," he said today in an address to senior church officials in Rome.</p><p>Pope Benedict, the 265th leader of the Roman Catholic Church, said his resignation would take effect at 8 p.m. on Feb. 28. Almost eight years after succeeding John Paul II as pontiff, Benedict will step down just two months before his 86th birthday.</p> Source: Photograph by Franco Origlia/Getty Images
Six men, including five street cleaners, were being questioned in London on suspicion of plotting a terrorist attack as Pope Benedict XVI addressed lawmakers on the first papal visit to the U.K. in 28 years.