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#Papal Resignation

# papal-resignation - Friday 1 March, 2013

Cardinals begin process of arranging conclave to elect new pope

The tweets from the @pontifex Twitter account have been removed, with the account dormant awaiting a new pontiff.

# papal-resignation - Thursday 28 February, 2013

Benedict XVI formally steps down as leader of Catholic Church

Cardinals will now meet to elect a successor, while the 85-year-old former Joseph Ratzinger will be known as ‘Pope Emeritus’.

Last day: Benedict XVI's papal powers expire at 7pm tonight

The pontiff will depart the Vatican later today to spend the next few months at the papal residence at Castel Gandolfo before he returns to the Vatican permanently to live a life of prayer and academic research.

# papal-resignation - Wednesday 13 February, 2013

'I resigned for the good of the church' - Pope Benedict

In his Ash Wednesday address, the pontiff asked for Catholics to “keep praying” for him.

# papal-resignation - Monday 11 February, 2013

Do popes resign?

Or is today’s announcement without precedent?