Top Headlines Feb. 11

By: Kitty Capelle
By: Kitty Capelle

These are the most popular headlines on WHSV.com for Feb. 11th.

 

Pope Resigning on Feb. 28, Conclave in March

 

VATICAN CITY (AP) -- Pope Benedict XVI announced Monday that he would resign Feb. 28 -- the first pontiff to do so in nearly 600 years. The decision sets the stage for a conclave to elect a new pope before the end of March.

The 85-year-old pope announced his decision in Latin during a meeting of Vatican cardinals on Monday morning.

He emphasized that carrying out the duties of being pope -- the leader of more than a billion Roman Catholics worldwide -- requires "both strength of mind and body."

"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 told the cardinals. "I am well aware that this ministry, due to its essential spiritual nature, must be carried out not only by words and deeds but no less with prayer and suffering.

"However, in today's world, subject to so many rapid changes and shaken by questions of deep relevance for the life of faith, in order to govern the bark of St. Peter and proclaim the Gospel, both strength of mind and body are necessary -- strengths which in the last few months, has deteriorated in me to the extent that I have had to recognize my incapacity to adequately fulfill the ministry entrusted to me."

The last pope to resign was Pope Gregory XII, who stepped down in 1415 in a deal to end the Great Western Schism among competing papal claimants.

Benedict called his choice "a decision of great importance for the life of the church."

The move sets the stage for the Vatican to hold a conclave to elect a new pope by mid-March, since the traditional mourning time that would follow the death of a pope doesn't have to be observed.

There are several papal contenders in the wings, but no obvious front-runner -- the same situation when Benedict was elected pontiff in 2005 after the death of Pope John Paul II.

 

 

Va. Man Charged In Fatal Hit-And-Run Goes On Trial

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) -- The case of a Richmond man charged in a fatal hit-and-run is going to trial.

 

Media outlets report that 30-year-old Elias Webb's trial is scheduled to begin Monday in Richmond Circuit Court. Webb is charged with felony hit and run.

Prosecutors say an SUV driven by Webb hit 24-year-old Lanie Kruszewski as she was riding a bicycle on July 29, 2012.

If convicted, Webb faces up to 10 years in prison.

 

 

Ex-Farmville Officer Charged Following Standoff

 

FARMVILLE, Va. (AP) -- A former Farmville police officer faces attempted capital murder charges following a standoff.

T.J. Long of Prince Edward County is being held at the Piedmont Regional Jail.

Police tell media outlets that the standoff occurred Saturday evening on farmland in the Abilene area of Prince Edward County.

Long is accused of shooting at county deputies and a Virginia State Police trooper as they approached his truck. The officers weren't injured. Long surrendered following a standoff.

Authorities also are investigating an arson fire at a house that occurred shortly before the standoff. Police say the fire and the shooting stemmed from a domestic incident.

 

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