Saturday, May 25 2013 6:56 PM EDT2013-05-25 22:56:57 GMT
It wasn't exactly barbecuing weather today as Memorial Day weekend got off to a rainy and chilly start. And it's no surprise the rain put a damper on holiday activities. Saturday of Memorial Day weekendMore >>
It wasn't exactly barbecuing weather today as Memorial Day weekend got off to a rainy and chilly start. And it's no surprise the rain put a damper on holiday activities.More >>
Friday, May 24 2013 9:54 PM EDT2013-05-25 01:54:42 GMT
An Au Sable Forks, New York theater is one of ten in the North Country doing what it can to stay open. "We'll be dark. There will be no movies shown in these theaters and you'll have toMore >>
After being denied a state grant, a number of North Country theaters could go dark by the end of the year. That's because Hollywood is getting rid of film movies, which is what those theaters rely on. But they're not giving up yet.More >>
Friday, May 24 2013 8:51 PM EDT2013-05-25 00:51:11 GMT
A couple has lost their home to floods twice in just three years. Last night's storm washed out a road in Underhill, and nearly everything in its path. Governor Shumlin was at the site of the hardestMore >>
A couple has lost their home to floods twice in just three years. Last night's storm washed out a road in Underhill, and nearly everything in its path.More >>
Friday, May 24 2013 7:25 PM EDT2013-05-24 23:25:36 GMT
Beansie's Bus is situated right along the start and finish of the race so they're looking to get swamped by hungry customers Sunday but rain too. "Unfortunately the weather might not cooperate," Beansie'sMore >>
VCM organizers making sure they have cold/rainy weather equipment for runners.More >>
Friday, May 24 2013 6:21 PM EDT2013-05-24 22:21:38 GMT
Damaged homes, washed out roads, and now major clean-up.In just a few hours heavy rains flooded much of Northern Vermont. Hardest hit were Essex, Jericho, and Underhill.The torrential rains Thursday nightMore >>
Damaged homes, washed out roads, and now major clean-up.More >>
Friday, May 24 2013 2:15 PM EDT2013-05-24 18:15:28 GMT
The Vermont Agency of Transportation released a list of road closures and times for the Vermont City Marathon. A press release says that if possible, motorists should avoid downtown Burlington on Sunday,More >>
The Vermont Agency of Transportation released a list of road closures and times for the Vermont City Marathon.More >>
Friday, May 24 2013 1:07 PM EDT2013-05-24 17:07:11 GMT
The Thunder Road Memorial Classic has been postponed until Monday. Officials say they are postponing due to the upcoming inclement weather expected this weekend. Here's the updated schedule of events:7:30amMore >>
The Thunder Road Memorial Classic has been postponed until Monday.More >>
Friday, May 24 2013 12:26 PM EDT2013-05-24 16:26:27 GMT
The Essex Memorial Day Parade has been canceled due to inclement weather predictions. According to Essex Memorial Day Parade Committee, the parade has been postponed one week to Saturday June 1 at 10 a.m.More >>
The Essex Memorial Day Parade has been postponed due to inclement weather predictions.More >>
Friday, May 24 2013 11:31 AM EDT2013-05-24 15:31:32 GMT
The Burlington Police Department arrested two people for pick-pocketing two men at a local night club in Burlington, Vt. on Friday, May 17.Police say Stephanie Rivers, 24, and Victoria Hammond, 23, bothMore >>
The Burlington Police Department arrested two people for pick-pocketing two men at a local night club in Burlington, Vt. on Friday, May 17.More >>
Friday, May 24 2013 10:29 AM EDT2013-05-24 14:29:26 GMT
If the prices at the pump are giving you second thoughts about traveling this holiday weekend, these suggestions might help. The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority has some recommendationsMore >>
If the prices at the pump are giving you second thoughts about traveling this holiday weekend, these suggestions might help.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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