Pope Benedict XVI

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Pope Benedict XVI Resigns; Bids Farewell To Vatican

Benedict XVI became the first pope in 600 years to resign Thursday, ending an eight-year pontificate. The last pope to resign left the church to end schism.


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Pope Benedict XVI To Resign

In a surprise announcement from the Vatican Monday, Pope Benedict XVI announced his resignation from the papacy.