The Papacy of Pope Benedict XVI

Pope Benedict XVI shocked the world by announcing on February 11 that he would resign at the end of February. His decision marked the first time in nearly 600 years that a pope has stepped down before death. Significant events and moments in Benedict’s papacy include major writings, missteps and international travels. Once he steps down, he will become “pope emeritus,” moving to a former gardener's house at the Vatican.

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