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Pope to Resign

Updated: Monday, February 11 2013, 07:23 AM EST
The Vatican confirms that Pope Benedict XVI will resign from the papacy. A Vatican spokesman says the Pope
will step down on February 28th. The Vatican said in a statement that the 85-year-old pope is unable to continue his duties due to his advanced age. 

Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger became the 265th Pope in 2005 after the death of John Paul II.

He is the first pope to step down since 1415. The pope's decision sets the stage for a conclave to elect a new pope before the end of March.
Pope to Resign

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