In a surprise announcement Monday, Pope Benedict XVI said he would resign this month after less than eight years in office. He’s the first pope to resign in nearly 600 years, when Pope Gregory XII stepped down, and the first to have done so voluntarily since Celestine V in 1294. We’ll get news from Rome, and check in with Bay Area Catholics about who might be a successor and about the future of the Catholic Church in the U.S. and worldwide.
Sylvia Poggioli, senior European correspondent for NPR's foreign desk
Sister Marianne Farina, associate professor of philosophy and theology and department chair of theology at the Dominican School of Philosophy and Theology
George Wesolek, director of the Department of Communications and Public Policy at the Archdiocese of San Francisco
Sally Vance-Trembath, lecturer in religious studies at Santa Clara University