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Pope Benedict's retirement goes into effect

Tears and applause for pontiff's goodbye

Pope Benedict's retirement goes into effect

Vatican City, February 28 - Pope Benedict XVI's time as pontiff has ended. The 85-year-old leader of the Catholic church shocked the world on February 11 when he announced he would be resigning on February 28. Benedict is the first pope to abdicate since Gregory XI in 1415.

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