Pope Benedict To Resign At The End Of The Month

Source: Hada Messia / CNN

Rome – The spiritual leader of 1.2 billion Catholics, Pope Benedict XVI, surprised the world Monday by saying he will resign at the end of the month “because of advanced age.”

It’s the first time a pope has resigned in nearly 600 years.

“Strength of mind and body are necessary, strength which in the last few months has deteriorated in me to the extent that I have had to recognize my incapacity to adequately fulfill the ministry entrusted to me,” the pope said, according to the Vatican.

After Benedict’s resignation becomes effective on February 28, cardinals will meet to choose a new leader for the church.

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