Pope Benedict XVI gives his weekly general audience in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican. Benedict announced Monday he would  resign Feb. 28, the first pontiff to do so in nearly 600 years. The decision sets the stage for a conclave to elect a new pope before the end of March.
Pope Benedict XVI gives his weekly general audience in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican. Benedict announced Monday he would resign Feb. 28, the first pontiff to do so 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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published Monday, February 11th, 2013
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