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Vatican City announes pope will resign

By KECI Staff
Published On: Feb 11 2013 04:43:55 AM MST
Pope Benedict XIV On Good Friday

Vatican TV via CNN

Vatican City -

Breaking news.

Pope Benedict is resigning.  Benedict is the first pope to resign in modern history.
News came as a surprise out of the Vatican this morning.

The Vatican says 85-year old Pope Benedict will resign on February 28th.

Benedict reportedly announced his decision during a meeting of Vatican cardinals this morning, saying he didn't feel he could carry on the job.

The last pope to resign was in 1415.

The move sets the stage for a conclave to elect a new leader of the Catholic church.