Breaking News: Pope Benedict resigns

Pope Benedict resigns
Pope Benedict XVI
In an unexpected development, The Vatican has confirmed that the current Pope Benedict XVI is to resign at the end of this month

The 85-year-old Pope Benedict became Pope of the Catholic Church in April 2005 following the death of John Paul II.

It is not yet clear as to the reason for the surprise resignation.
This will be the first time in modern times that a Pope is resigning.

At 78, the former Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger was one of the oldest new popes in history when elected.

He took the helm as one of the fiercest storms the Catholic Church has faced in decades - the scandal of child sex abuse by priests - was breaking.

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