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Cristo, religious leader who claims to be Jesus Christ reincarnated, gestures on stage in Brasilia

Inri Cristo (R), a Brazilian religious leader who claims to be Jesus Christ reincarnated, gestures on stage as a supporter looks on in Brasilia February 12, 2013. Cristo, who was born Alvaro Theiss in Indaial, Santa Catarina state, Brazil on March 22, 1948, said he is happy that Pope Benedict XVI resigned because he is the 'real son of god.' REUTERS/Ueslei Marcelino (BRAZIL - Tags: RELIGION) - RTR3DPH1

World reacts to Pope's resignation

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.