Thursday, June 20 2013 12:19 AM EDT2013-06-20 04:19:09 GMT
In 2012 more than 125 local businesses partnered with the HowardCenter to provide jobs for more than 400 people Thursday over 200 community members will gather for their annual "Big Night" fundraiser.More >>
HowardCenter "Big Night" fundraiser set for Thursday afternoon.More >>
Wednesday, June 19 2013 10:27 PM EDT2013-06-20 02:27:28 GMT
A major drug sweep is currently underway in Springfield, Vt. Vermont State Police say the operation is one of the largest arrest sweeps in Vermont with 100 officers trying to take multiple people intoMore >>
Dozens of Vermonters and New Jersey residents are facing drug charges after a sweeping drug bust in Windsor County Wednesday.More >>
Wednesday, June 19 2013 10:25 PM EDT2013-06-20 02:25:30 GMT
At a quiet Peacham, Vermont home Vermont State Police say tragedy struck Wednesday. They believe an angry ex-husband showed up, shot and killed the current husband, before killing himself. News thatMore >>
Police are looking for clues as to how a possible murder-suicide could have happened. And for people who knew the family, Wednesday's news wasn't easy to hear.More >>
Wednesday, June 19 2013 6:57 PM EDT2013-06-19 22:57:41 GMT
Wednesday morning police say a tractor trailer made it about halfway up Smugglers Notch before the driver realized he couldn't maneuver some of the tight turns. He decided his only option was to backMore >>
Wednesday morning police say a tractor trailer made it about halfway up Smugglers Notch before the driver realized he couldn't maneuver some of the tight turns.
He decided his only option was to back the big rig out; which took about an hour.More >>
Wednesday, June 19 2013 6:28 PM EDT2013-06-19 22:28:51 GMT
Michael Hastings, a distinguished and fearless investigative journalist known throughout the world died in a single car accident in California yesterday. He was just 33 years old. Hastings went to highMore >>
Michael Hastings, a distinguished and fearless investigative journalist known throughout the world died in a single car accident in California yesterday. He was just 33 years old. Hastings went to high school right here in South Burlington and recently wrote about his favorite teacher. More >>
Wednesday, June 19 2013 6:19 PM EDT2013-06-19 22:19:11 GMT
Green Mountain Coffee Roasters was named a Northeast Business Leader for Energy Efficiency on Wednesday, thanks in large part to its new eco-friendly Essex facility. Huge fans, spanning 24-feet, swirlMore >>
Green Mountain Coffee Roasters was named a Northeast Business Leader for Energy Efficiency on Wednesday.More >>
Wednesday, June 19 2013 2:24 PM EDT2013-06-19 18:24:57 GMT
Vermont State Police found two deceased bodies in the suspicious incident in Peacham, Vt. Wednesday afternoon.Police say after initiating the search for the white van, they located the van at a residence.More >>
Vermont State Police found two deceased bodies in the suspicious incident in Peacham, Vt. Wednesday afternoon.More >>
Wednesday, June 19 2013 10:58 AM EDT2013-06-19 14:58:42 GMT
Vermont State Police are investigating a suspicious incident in Peacham, Vt.Police say they received a 911 call that shots were fired on Slack Street. The female caller told police that an unknown whiteMore >>
Vermont State Police are investigating a suspicious incident in Peacham, Vt.More >>
Wednesday, June 19 2013 7:42 AM EDT2013-06-19 11:42:31 GMT
If you live in Vermont, you might not be happy with your job.A recent Gallup poll revealed Vermont is among the top ten states in the country where employees are actively disengaged from their jobs.TheMore >>
If you live in Vermont, you might not be happy with your job.More >>
BURLINGTON, Vt. -
Pope Benedict XVI shocked the Catholic Church today, by announcing his resignation.
A pope hasn't resigned in almost 600 years.
I spoke with the Bishop of Burlington who personally met the pope on more than one occasion. The Bishop says the decision is incredibly selfless because Pope Benedict XVI says he no longer has the strength to lead the Catholic Church. He is 85 years old.
Catholics across the globe awoke to some once in a lifetime news. Pope Benedict XVI is resigning.
"Quite surprising," Bishop Salvatore Matano said.
Surprising only because it hasn't been done in six centuries. But the Pope has hinted at the idea, and said if it became clear to him that his age and health were no longer able to sustain him and the duties of his office, he would place the good of the church before all, and would resign.
"Our Holy Father's resignation demonstrates once again his extraordinary love for the church," Bishop Matano said.
There's no denying the sex abuse allegations that came to light may have taken their toll.
"I think that crisis, together with all of the different issues that are confronting modern society certainly have weighed heavily on the Holy Father," Bishop Matano said.
The Bishop of Burlington, Salvatore Matano, says he's been blessed to meet the Pope, and feels a special connection to him because he was ordained one hour after Benedict was named Pope.
"He has carved out a place in our hearts and it shall never be erased," Bishop Matano said.
I caught up with Greg Clairmont after mass Monday. He also met Pope Benedict while on a trip to Rome.
"Three times in his presence was really totally remarkable," Clairmont said.
Vermont is known as one of the least religious states in the country. When I asked the Bishop if this would make even more people question their faith, he says he's hopeful that this will unite the church and give people even more faith.
"It's a time of prayer and fasting and intensifying our relationship with the lord," Bishop Matano said.
Pope Benedict's last day is February 28th. The plan is to have a new pope by Easter, which is March 31st this year.
Again, the last time a Pope quit was almost 600 years ago, in 1415. Now, for the second time in eight years, the College of Cardinals will choose a new leader for the Catholic Church.
Here's how it'll go:
- Only cardinals under 80 years old are eligible to become Pope. Right now there are 118 of them.
- In order to be elected there must be a 2-thirds-plus-one vote.
- The votes are burned and smoke is released from the Vatican chimney, black means no pope, white means a decision.
The pope will not vote for his successor.
But, as for if he'll play any role, that's hard to say, since the conclave usually only meets after a Pope dies.
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