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Pope Benedict XVI to resign

Pope Benedict XVI announces he will resign Feb. 28. He is the first pope to resign in 600 years.

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In this photo provided by the Vatican newspaper L'Osservatore Romano, Pope Benedict XVI reads a document in Latin where he announces his resignation, during a meeting of Vatican cardinals, at the Vatican, Monday, Feb. 11, 2013. Benedict XVI announced Monday that he would resign Feb. 28 - the first pontiff to do so in nearly 600 years. The decision sets the stage for a conclave to elect a new pope before the end of March.

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Pope Benedict XVI waves from the popemobile wearing a Mexican sombrero as he arrives to give a Mass in Bicentennial Park near Silao, Mexico. On Monday, Feb. 11, 2013 the Vatican announced that Pope Benedict XVI will resign on Feb. 28, 2013.

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This July 10, 2009 file photo shows President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama meeting with Pope Benedict XVI, at the Vatican. Pope Benedict XVI said Monday, Feb. 11, 2013 he lacks the strength to fulfill his duties and on Feb. 28 will become the first pontiff in 600 years to resign. The announcement sets the stage for a conclave in March to elect a new leader for world's 1 billion Catholics.

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In this Wednesday, March 28, 2012 file photo provided by the Vatican newspaper L'Osservatore Romano Pope Benedict XVI meets with Fidel Castro in Havana. Benedict announced Monday Feb. 11, 2013 he would resign Feb. 28, the first pontiff to do so in nearly 600 years.

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In this Wednesday, March 28, 2012 file photo provided by the Vatican newspaper L'Osservatore Romano Pope Benedict XVI meets with Fidel Castro in Havana. Benedict announced Monday Feb. 11, 2013 he would resign Feb. 28, the first pontiff to do so in nearly 600 years.

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In this June 29, 1951 file photo, Joseph Ratzinger, right, and his brother Georg after their ordination to priesthood in Freising, southern Germany. Ratzinger, who later became Pope Benedict XVI, announced Monday, Feb. 11, 2013 that he will resign on Feb. 28. The 85-year-old pope announced his decision in Latin during a meeting of Vatican cardinals.

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In this Oct. 22, 1978, photo, Pope John Paul II places his hands on the shoulders of West German Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, archbishop of Munich and Freising, during the solemn inauguration of his ministry as universal Pastor of the Church in Vatican City. Ratzinger, who later became Pope Benedict XVI, announced Monday, Feb. 11, 2013 that he will resign on Feb. 28. The 85-year-old pope announced his decision in Latin during a meeting of Vatican cardinals.

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