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Pope Benedict XVI, citing deteriorating strength, will step aside Feb. 28

The pope, speaking in Latin, informed a small gathering of cardinals at the Vatican of his decision. The abdication will take effect on Feb. 28, and cardinals could gather as early as March to elect a successor. Benedict, 85, said later in a statement that ...

Pope Benedict tells cheering crowd: I am not abandoning the church

Pope Benedict XVI assured a huge, cheering crowd at the Vatican Wednesday that he was not abandoning the Catholic Church, saying he would remain at its service through prayer. "I ask each of you to pray for me," he told tens of thousands who gathered in ...

Inside Castel Gandolfo, Pope Benedict's spectacular temporary retirement home

Even though Pope Benedict XVI is leaving the papacy, he'll remain in sumptuous, familiar surroundings — at least for a few weeks. Sometime in April, Benedict will take up permanent residence in Mater Ecclesiae, a modest convent for cloistered nuns at the ...

Former Pope Benedict Makes Appearance at Vatican During Ceremony

Pope Benedict, made a surprise appearance. It was the first time former Pope Benedict attended a papal rite since his resignation a year ago. His presence offered the remarkable scene of a former pope, a reigning pope and a potentially future pope in St ...

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Pope Benedict XVI - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Updated April. 19, 2014

Benedict XVI (born Joseph Aloisius Ratzinger on 16 April 1927) is Pope Emeritus of the Catholic Church, having served as Pope from 2005 to 2013. In that position, he ...

Pope Benedict XVI News - The New York Times

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News about Pope Benedict XVI. Commentary and archival information about Pope Benedict XVI from The New York Times.

The Holy See - The Holy Father - Benedict XVI

Updated April. 17, 2014

Benedictus XVI Joseph Ratzinger 19.IV.2005 - 28.II.2013 . Activities of the Holy Father: 2013 - 2012 - 2011 - 2010. Photo Archive. Election, 19 April 2005

Pope Benedict XVI Biography - Facts, Birthday, Life Story ...

Updated April. 17, 2014

Pope Benedict XVI was elected pope at age 78, making him the oldest person to win the papal election since 1730. Learn more at