Pope Benedict to step down

Pope Benedict to step down

 

Reuters: Pope Benedict became the first pontiff to step down since the Middle Ages, saying he no longer had the strength to cope with his ministry.

Church officials tried to relay a climate of calm confidence in the running of a 2,000-year-old institution but the decision could lead to one of the most uncertain and unstable periods in centuries for a Church besieged by scandal and defections.

 

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