Comments for: Pope Benedict’s reign ends with a promise to obey next pope

Posted Feb. 28, 2013, at 8:36 p.m.

VATICAN CITY — Pope Benedict ended his difficult reign on Thursday pledging unconditional obedience to whoever succeeds him to guide the Roman Catholic Church at one of the most crisis-ridden periods in its 2,000-year history. The papacy became vacant at 2 p.m. ET, marking the first time in six centuries …

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