Benedict XVI has become the first pope in hundreds of years to resign. The last pope to do so was Celestine V. Celestine tried to flee but was captured by the next Pope, Boniface VIII, and arrested. He died in jail. The name Celestine has never been used by a Pope again.
So, could you become the new Pope? In theory; yes you could.
In Pure Spirit
Do you have any views on the new Pope? Tradition suggests he should be Italian, history suggests he’ll be European but there are many people who think an Asian or African Pope is long overdue.