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A man walks inside the Cathedral of St. Paul of Abidjan

A man walks inside the Cathedral of St. Paul of Abidjan, February 11, 2013. Pope Benedict stunned the Roman Catholic Church on Monday when he announced he would stand down, the first pope to do so in 700 years, saying he no longer had the mental and physical strength to carry on. REUTERS/Thierry Gouegnon (IVORY COAST - Tags: RELIGION) - RTR3DNO9

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.