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Pope’s Bombshell Sends Church Scrambling

Benedict is first Catholic church leader to resign in 600 years

February 12, 2013
The Intelligencer / Wheeling News-Register

VATICAN CITY (AP) - With a few words in Latin, Pope Benedict XVI did what no pope has done in more than half a millennium, stunning the world by announcing his resignation Monday and leaving the already troubled Catholic Church to replace the leader of its 1 billion followers by Easter.

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