It is believed that Pope Benedict XVI resigned due to health issues. In 1415 Pope Gregory XII resigned during the Roman Catholic Church’s Great Western Schism. Gregory was one of three men who claimed to be the pontiff. The Schism – that one that is – ended in 1417 when Pope Martin V was elected pope.
On This Day is a prompt I started this month to further explore historical events.
© Jeanne Ruczhak-Eckman, 2015