Pope Benedict XVI Resigns

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Pope Benedict XVI was born Joseph Aloisius Ratzinger on April 16, 1927. (credit: Getty Images)
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Pope Benedict XVI is the 265th Pope (credit: Getty Images)
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Pope Benedict XVI serves as as Sovereign of the Vatican City State and leader of the Catholic Church. (credit: Getty Images)
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As Pope, Benedict XVI is regarded as the successor of Saint Peter the Apostle. (credit: Getty Images)
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Benedict XVI was elected in April of 2005 in a papal conclave. (credit: Getty Images)
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Pope Benedict XVI has both German and Vatican citizenship. (credit: Getty Images)
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Pope Benedict XVI was ordained as a priest in 1951. (credit: Getty Images)
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Pope Benedict XVI was appointed Archbishop of Munich and Freising and cardinal by Pope Paul VI in 1977. (credit: Getty Images)
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Pope Benedict XVI is known for theologically conservative teachings. (credit: Getty Images)
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Pope Benedict XVI became known as pope who stressed the "importance of prayer in the face of the activism and the growing secularism of many Christians engaged in charitable work." (credit: Getty Images)
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Benedict XVI announced that he would resign the papacy, effective February 28, 2013, due to age and ill health. (credit: Getty Images)
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