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Pope Benedict XVI Celebrates Christmas Night Mass
VATICAN CITY, VATICAN - DECEMBER 24: Pope Benedict XVI waves to the faithful as he arrives at the St. Peter's Basilica for the Christmas night mass on December 24, 2012 in Vatican City, Vatican. (Photo by Franco Origlia/Getty Images)

Pope Benedict XVI resigns

11 February 2013

The 265th Pope has announced his resignation. Pope Benedict XVI, whose Papacy began on April 19, 2005, will resign on February 28, 2013. In a statement he said: "After having repeatedly examined my conscience before God, I have come to the certainty that my strengths, due to an advanced age, are no longer suited to an adequate exercise of the Petrine ministry." Here we look back at his seven years as head of the Catholic Church.