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Pope Benedict XVI announces his resignation

Says he lacks strength for the job

Pope Benedict XVI announces his resignation

Pope Benedict XVI announces his resignation

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VATICAN CITY — Declaring that he lacks the strength to do his job, Pope Benedict XVI announced Monday he will resign Feb. 28 — becoming the first pontiff to step down in 600 years. His decision sets the stage for a mid-March conclave to elect a new leader for a Catholic Church in deep turmoil.


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