Pope Benedict XVI to resign

Pope Benedict shocks the world by saying he no longer has the mental and physical strength to cope with his ministry.

forthe 900th anniversary of the Order of the Knights of Malta at the St. Peter Basilica in Vatican February 9, 2013. REUTERS/Alessandro Bianchi
by Reuters: Mark Kolmar on Feb 11, 2013 at 10:57 AM
Pope Benedict XVI attends a Mass celebrating the 200th anniversary of the independence of Latin American countries at St. Peter's Basilica December 12, 2011. REUTERS/Alessandro Bianchi
by Eric Martyn on Feb 11, 2013 at 12:11 PM
Pope Benedict XVI leads the Angelus prayer from a window of his private apartment, as a gust of wind blows a cloth, at the Vatican February 28, 2010. REUTERS/Alessandro Bianchi
by Eric Martyn on Feb 11, 2013 at 12:06 PM
Pope Benedict XVI leaves in his popemobile after blessing the traditional Crib in St Peter's square at the end of the Te Deum prayer in St Peter's Basilica at the Vatican December 31, 2009. REUTERS/Alessia Pierdomenico
by Eric Martyn on Feb 11, 2013 at 12:08 PM
Pope Benedict XVI looks on during a mass at Antonio Maceo square in Santiago de Cuba March 26, 2012. REUTERS/Tony Gentile
by Eric Martyn on Feb 11, 2013 at 12:09 PM
Pope Benedict XVI waves to the faithful during Angelus prayer from his summer residence, in Castel Gandolfo, outside Rome August 20, 2006. REUTERS/Dario Pignatelli
by Eric Martyn on Feb 11, 2013 at 12:10 PM
Pope Benedict XVI leaves Lambeth Palace in the Popemobile in London September 17, 2010. REUTERS/Stefan Wermuth
by Eric Martyn on Feb 11, 2013 at 12:15 PM
Pope Benedict XVI holds his cross as he leads a solemn mass in Zagreb June 5, 2011. REUTERS/Alessandro Bianch
by Eric Martyn on Feb 11, 2013 at 12:13 PM
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