Last Papal Resignation In 1415 Ended 'Western Schism'

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Correction: Our guest incorrectly places the city of Constance in Switzerland. It is in Germany.

In light of the Pope Benedict XVI's resignation, Melissa Block speaks with the Rev. Thomas Worcester from the College of the Holy Cross about the rarity of papal resignations and the "Western Schism" that last caused a pope to step down in 1415.

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