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    Pope Benedict XVI announced this morning that he will resign at the end of the month, making him the first pope in nearly 600 years to resign, CNN reports. Benedict said he is stepping down "because of advanced age."
    Successors are already being discussed, though the pope's resignation will not take effect until Feb. 28. Cardinals will meet to select the next pope after this date. Because papal resignation is so rare, the pope's title after he steps down is also being discussed. "Bishop emeritus of Rome" is one of the possibilities.
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    "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." - Pope Benedict XVI, announcing his intent to step down as pope.
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