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Pope Benedict XVI Resigns

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It was a shocking day for the Roman Catholic Church, after the stunning resignation of Pope Benedict XVI. This is the first papal resignation in almost 600 years.

In an address read out in Latin before a group of cardinals in the Apostolic Palace, the 85-year-old pontiff said he had decided that, due to his “advanced age” and deteriorating strengths, he would be stepping down as head of the Catholic Church on 28 February.

While there have been glowing tributes coming forward since the announcement, there are also contrary opinions. Victims of the sex and child abuse scandals that erupted under Benedict’s papacy either accused him of being directly complicit in a conspiracy to cover up the thousands of cases that have come to light over the past three years, or of failing to stand up to reactionary elements in the church who were resolved to keep the scandals under wraps.

Norbert Denef, from north Germany, who was abused as a boy by his local priest for six years and was later offered €25,000 (then £17,000) by his diocesan bishop to keep quiet, said: “We won’t miss this pope.”

A successor may be chosen by Easter.

Michigan Man Busted for Stealing Father’s Corpse from Cemetery

Corpse Discovery

Home where cops found corpse

Detroit, Michigan

Police recently arrested a man for stealing his father’s corpse from a cemetery. Authorities say that   Clarence Bright’s corpse was taken from the cemetery just prior to burial.

The corpse was eventually located in the basement of a home, which happens to belong to Bright’s 48-year-old son.

Investigators put the pieces together when they discovered the son, along with another man, carrying an empty casket inside a van at a gas station.

Police have not yet provided a motive for stealing the corpse.

Bright’s burial was supposed to take place on a Saturday at Gethsemane Cemetery on the east side of Detroit. However, soggy conditions following rain created a delay. So, the casket containing the 93-year-old’s body was placed near a chapel or a mausoleum on cemetery grounds and remained there through the following Monday morning when it was reported stolen, said Leon Jones, a mortician’s assistant at Swanson Funeral Home, which handled Bright’s funeral.

“This is a very, very bizarre situation,” Jones said.

Police received a tip that a white van had been seen at the cemetery around the time the body was taken, which turned out to be the van officers discovered at the gas station.

Once the van was discovered, it only took police about an hour to sniff out the corpse, in the basement just a few blocks away.

“Nothing seems to be wrong with the body,” Day told reporters. “Hopefully, the family can now get the body back and give it a proper burial.”

Police declined to release the names of Bright’s son or the 38-year-old man who was with him. They had not been charged and the theft remained under investigation.

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Aspiring funeral directors practicing restorative art techniques in mortuary school

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Current and Former First Ladies Gather for Ford Funeral

Palm Desert, California

Michelle Obama and three former first ladies were among dignitaries heading to California to pay tribute to Betty Ford at a funeral focusing on her twin passions: politics and her world famous Betty Ford Center for substance abuse and alcohol treatment.

Ford, who died at the age of 93 on Friday, had mapped out plans for Tuesday’s ceremony including who would deliver her eulogies.

She chose former first lady Rosalynn Carter and journalist Cokie Roberts as speakers along with a former director of the Betty Ford Center.

Obama, Nancy Reagan, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and former President Bill Clinton said they would be there. And the former first lady of California, Maria Shriver, also planned to attend.

A spokesman for former President George W. Bush said he will be attending the California service and will convey condolences on behalf of his wife, Laura, who can’t attend.

A second funeral will be held Thursday in Grand Rapids, Mich., where Gerald Ford is buried at his presidential museum. Former first lady Barbara Bush is expected to attend that event.

Speakers are expected to discuss politics, the White House and Ford’s impact on substance and alcohol abuse treatment.

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