The pope resigns, Twitter reacts

Shock, speculation and, of course, jokes

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The pope resigns, Twitter reacts

News of Pope Benedict XVI’s resignation rocked the Twitterverse this morning. Saying, “I have come to the certainty that my strengths, due to an advanced age, are no longer suited to an adequate exercise,” Pope Benedict will be the first pontiff to resign in six centuries.

Here’s a round up of the shock, the speculation and the obligatory jokes.

Then came the reactions that Jamil Smith summed up nicely:



Katie McDonough is an assistant editor for Salon, focusing on lifestyle. Follow her on Twitter @kmcdonovgh or email her at

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