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  Benedict XVI quits Vatican City for last time as pope
  Pope Francis hints at 'brief' papacy   Pope Francis has suggested he may resign his papacy like his predecessor, rather than remain at the Vatican for life   Pope Francis appoints 20 new cardinals  The Pope is boosting the number of men from developing countries in the group that will elect his successor   Pope Francis names 20 new cardinals  Pope Francis has named 20 new cardinals from 14 countries, including churchmen from Tonga, Ethiopia and Myanmar Pope appoints 19 new cardinals Map of St. Peter%27s Basilica Vatican  Pope Francis created 19 new cardinals Saturday in a ceremony in the St. Peter's Basilica -- the first such appointments since he was elected pontiff   Pope to appoint 19 new cardinals  Pope Francis is to appoint 19 new cardinals next month, including churchmen from Haiti and Burkina Faso, reflecting his commitment to the po...   Benedict denies abuse cover-up  The former Pope, Benedict XVI, has denied any role in covering up child sex abuse by priests, in his first public comments since retirement Pope Francis names Pietro Parolin as secretary of state  Pope has named a new secretary of state, in what is seen as his most significant appointment since he became leader of the Catholic Church in...   Benedict XVI steps down from papacy


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  Pope Benedict XVI has officially resigned, saying that he now 'will simply be a pilgrim' starting his last journey on earth
  Amid pomp and ceremony, Benedict XVI left Vatican City for the last time as pope, ahead of his historic resignation as leader of the world's Catholics
 The 85-year-old pontiff is being flown by helicopter to the papal retreat at Castel Gandolfo, near Rome

Feb.27
  Benedict XVI spoke of moments of struggle as well as joy Wednesday during his final public address from a stage set up in St. Peter's Square
Feb.26 Pope to hold final Vatican audience Map of St Peter%27s Square Vatican  Crowds have begun gathering in St Peter's Square in the Vatican for the Pope's final general audience before his resignation on Thursday Feb.23 Vatican attacks resignation 'gossip'  The Vatican's chief spokesperson has criticised the media for reporting 'misinformation' about the Church Feb.12 Pope has pacemaker, Vatican says  A day after Pope Benedict XVI announced his resignation, the Vatican has acknowledged that the pontiff has had a pacemaker for years Feb.11 Pope Benedict to resign at end of month
  The spiritual leader of 1.2 billion Catholics surprised the world Monday by saying he will resign at the end of the month 'because of advanced age'
 The news startled and shocked the Catholic world and led to frenzied speculation about who would replace him


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Apr.9 Vatican defends Pope in letter row
  A spokesman said the claims, which stem from a letter signed by Benedict XVI when he was a senior Vatican official, had been taken out of context Mar.24 Pope accepts resignation of Irish bishop Map of Cork Ireland   Ireland: The Pope has accepted the resignation of John Magee found to have mishandled allegations of clerical sex abuse in his County Cork diocese Mar.5 Choir singer involved in gay scandal  A Nigerian man who sang in a Vatican choir arranged gay liaisons for an Italian government official who served in the unpaid role of papal u... Jan.3 Pope's aide visits attack woman  Rome: Benedict XVI's personal secretary has visited the mentally disturbed Susanna Maiolo who assaulted the pontiff at Mass on Christmas Eve

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May.13 U.S. archbishop new Vatican enforcer  San Francisco Bay Area: Archbishop Levada has a track record of upholding Roman Catholic policies while deftly handling controversy Apr.7   John Paul pondered his fate in 2000
  Ailing and tired in 2000, John Paul II pondered whether he had accomplished what he was meant to do


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Oct.16   John Paul marks 25 years as pope
  The Roman Catholic cardinals and thousands of worshippers are descending on Rome


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