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Pope Benedict XVI will resign on February 28: Vatican

Posted: 6:22 AM, Feb 11, 2013
Updated: 2013-02-11 06:22:58-05

Rome (CNN) — Pope Benedict XVI will resign on February 28, his spokesman Father Federico Lombardi told CNN Monday.

Lombardi did not give a reason for the resignation.

Benedict, the 265th pope, is the sixth German to serve as pope and the first since the 11th century. He has led church after the third-longest papacy in church history and during a time in which the church is declining in his native Europe but expanding in Africa and Latin America.