Pope Benedict XVI Picking A Pope? Try The 'Sweet Sistine' Bracket Challenge By Mark Memmott • Feb 27, 2013 Next month brings "March madness" for fans of college basketball. It's also going to bring Roman Catholic cardinals together to choose a new pope. Which means, according to Religion News Service, it's time to "make your picks in the Vatican's Sweet Sistine brackets!" Pope Benedict XVI Is Resigning By Mark Memmott • Feb 11, 2013 (Most recent update: 2:50 p.m ET.) For the first time in nearly 600 years, a pope is resigning from his post as leader of the Roman Catholic Church. Pope Benedict XVI announced Monday morning that he is stepping down effective Feb. 28.