Discuss as:

Bolt from the blue: Lightning strikes St. Peter's after pope's announcement

Alessandro Di Meo / EPA

Lightning strikes St. Peter's basilica during a storm in the Vatican City on Feb. 11, 2013, the same day Pope Benedict XVI announced his resignation.


2012 hype reborn in 'last pope' prophecy

Subtle, secretive process to choose new pope set to move quickly

The last time the pope stepped down? It's been a while

Who's next? 8 cardinal contenders who could succeed Pope Benedict