Resignations

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Pope Francis greets staff at the Gemelli Hospital in Rome, July 11, 2021.

What’s behind a false rumor about Pope Francis resigning ‘in the next few hours’?

Jul 12, 2021

By Hannah Brockhaus

It caused a stir on social media. Here’s where it came from. Read more

Cardinal Reinhard Marx of Munich and Freising at the Holy See press office, Oct. 27, 2017.

Cardinal Marx: Pope Francis’ resignation decision a ‘great challenge’

Jun 10, 2021

By CNA Staff

The influential German cardinal expressed surprise at the swiftness of the pope’s response to his offer to resign. Read more

Cardinal Reinhard Marx, pictured in January 2020.

Pope Francis declines Cardinal Marx’s resignation

Jun 10, 2021

By Hannah Brockhaus

The pope asked the influential German cardinal to continue as archbishop of Munich and Freising. Read more

Cardinal Reinhard Marx, pictured in Rome Feb. 24, 2019.

Cardinal Marx offers resignation to Pope Francis

Jun 4, 2021

By CNA Staff

“Without doubt, these are times of crisis for the Church in Germany,” the cardinal wrote to the pope. Read more

Cardinal McCarrick.

Pope Francis accepts resignation of McCarrick from College of Cardinals

Jul 28, 2018

By Hannah Brockhaus

Saturday Pope Francis accepted the resignation of Theodore McCarrick from the College of Cardinals, suspending him from the rights and... Read more

Archbishop John C. Nienstedt of St. Paul-Minneapolis (File Photo/CNA).

Amid resignation calls, Minn. archbishop says he will stay

Aug 1, 2014

Archbishop John Nienstedt of Saint Paul-Minneapolis, facing calls for his resignation amid legal battles over the local Church's handling of... Read more

Cardinal Emmanuel III Delly, Patriarch Emeritus of Babylon of the Chaldeans and former Primate of the Chaldean Catholic Church.

Pope accepts resignation of 85-year-old Chaldean Patriarch

Dec 19, 2012

Pope Benedict XVI on Dec. 19 accepted the resignation of Cardinal Emmanuel III Delly, head of the Chaldean Catholic Church,... Read more