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Pope Benedict XVI during his visit to Wimbledon in September 2010

Pope Benedict XVI during his visit to Wimbledon in September 2010

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Follow the shock announcement by Pope Benedict XV1 that he will resign his office after declaring he was too old to carry on as head of the Catholic Church.

The Pope will quit on February 28, the Vatican said. He is the first pontiff to resign 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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