Today in the news: Pope Benedict XVI makes last public address
Quote of note
"To love the church means also to have the courage to take difficult, painful decisions, always keeping the good of the church in mind, not oneself." - Pope Benedict XVI in his last public address before he steps down as pope. Bendict urged the crowds in St. Peter's Square to pray for his successor and reitereated his reasons for resigning, according to The Associated Press. The pope's routine has been to give a weekly catechism every Wednesday during his eight-year papacy, in an effort to teach the world about the Catholic faith.
News to know
The White House has announced that President Barack Obama plans to meet with Senate and House leaders of both parties Firday morning, hours after the budget cuts or "sequester" have gone into effect, according to the Associated Press. The White House has conceded that efforts to avoid sequester are unlikely to succeed before the deadline, and is now focusing on the next financial deadline: the March 27 government shutdown.
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