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Pope's ring to be 'terminated' after resignation

Papal symbol will likely be broken, Vatican says

Pope's ring to be 'terminated' after resignation

Vatican City, February 12 - Benedict XVI's papal ring will be "terminated" following his resignation this month, the Vatican announced Tuesday. According to Vatican Spokesman Federico Lombardi, the symbol of the papacy will likely be broken after he officially steps down February 28, but he stressed that experts were working to determine proper etiquette. Benedict, 85, announced Monday he was stepping down due to physical frailty and advancing age, becoming the first pontiff in history to resign for health-related reasons. Known as the Fisherman's Ring, the golden symbol of papal power shows St Peter fishing. According to Lombardi, "objects strictly tied to the ministry of St Peter must be destroyed".

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