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A Catholic devotee prays at the St Mary's Cathedral in central Sydney

A Catholic devotee prays at the St Mary's Cathedral in central Sydney February 12, 2013. Pope Benedict left the Catholic world in shock after becoming the first pontiff since the Middle Ages to resign his office, saying that failing strength had left him unable to lead the church through a period of relentless change and turmoil. The 85-year-old pontiff announced his abdication as leader of the world's 1.2 billion Catholics in a speech delivered in Latin, the universal language of the church, to cardinals meeting in the Vatican's Apostolic Palace. REUTERS/Daniel Munoz (AUSTRALIA - Tags: RELIGION) - RTR3DNYD

World reacts to Pope's resignation

February 14, 2013

Pope Benedict left the Catholic world in shock after becoming the first pontiff since the Middle Ages to resign his office, saying that failing strength had left him unable to lead the church through a period of relentless change and turmoil.