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Feb 11, 2013 | 12:37 GMT

Holy See: Pope To Step Down

Pope Benedict XVI will retire at the end of February, saying Feb. 11 that he is too old to continue at the age of 85, the BBC reported. The Pope will step down on Feb. 28, he said. That date follows Italian elections by a few days. The selection of the next Pope, especially at a time when the power of the Catholic Church has stalled in Europe but has increased elsewhere, will determine the geopolitical relevance of Benedict XVI's resignation.

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