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February 12, 2013

Reaction to the Resignation of Pope Benedict XVI

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Varied reaction of praise, sadness and even criticism upon the news that Pope Benedict XVI will be stepping down.

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February 11, 2013

Pope Benedict stuns the world, becomes first since 1415 to resign the Papacy

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Pope Benedict XVI shocked the Catholic Church and the rest of the world Monday,  becoming the first Pontiff since the Middle Ages to resign the office.

Benedict, 85  made the announcement during a Latin Mass in Vatican City, saying his deteriorating health and waning energy made him unable to effectively continue leading the world’s nearly 2 billion Catholics.  Benedict’s resignation will take effect on Feb 28 and a new Pope is expected to be chosen before Easter.

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