When Benedict XVI was elected eight years ago, he was viewed by many as a "transitional" pope, one who wouldn't implement sweeping changes like some of his predecessors.
Benedict's retirement Thursday sets the stage for a new pontiff who could dramatically alter the face of Catholicism. Or not.
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What are your hopes for the next pope? Would you prefer someone younger or perhaps someone from a non-European country?
Do you wish for a huge shift like allowing priests to marry or permitting women to join the clergy?
Or do you want to see a return to traditional practices, such as celebrating Mass in Latin.