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#Pope resigns

# pope-resigns - Wednesday 13 March, 2013

Meet the men who could succeed Pope Benedict XVI

17 would-be contenders in the race for the papal office.

# pope-resigns - Tuesday 12 March, 2013

Explainer: How is a new Pope chosen?

There are currently 209 members of the College of Cardinals – but only 115 of them get a vote in choosing the new pontiff.

# pope-resigns - 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.

# pope-resigns - 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.

# pope-resigns - Wednesday 27 February, 2013

Benedict XVI holds final address before stepping down as pope

The 85-year-old enjoys an emotional sendoff, explaining his reasons for retiring and taking a final tour of St Peter’s Square.

Pope to hold his final Vatican audience ahead of departure

Details of Pope Benedict’s life after his reign ends have emerged and include him swapping his trademark red shoes for a brown pair. His Fisherman’s Ring will also be destroyed.

# pope-resigns - Thursday 21 February, 2013

Report: Pope decided to resign after internal report on adultery

La Repubblica says a report presented in December detailed breaches of the ‘sixth and seventh commandments’.

# pope-resigns - Sunday 17 February, 2013

Pope calls for Catholic Church to 'renew' as thousands flock to prayers

The Vatican said over 50,000 people had turned out to see the pope for his Sunday Angelus, while local authorities put the number at over 100,000.

# pope-resigns - Tuesday 12 February, 2013

Vatican admits Pope had secret heart operation three months ago

The Vatican said the operation had nothing to do with the Pope’s decision to resign.

A 12-century Irish saint reckons the next pope is the last

St Malachy – the first Irish saint to be canonised by a pope – had a prophecy concerning every pope between then and now.

From The Daily Edge The best memes about the Pope's resignation Haven't A Pope

The best memes about the Pope's resignation

Father Ted references ahoy.

Eight years: A timeline of Pope Benedict's key moments

The highlights of Pope Benedict XVI’s papacy, from 2005 to today.

# pope-resigns - Monday 11 February, 2013

Archbishop Martin: It's amazing the pope had continued until now

The Archbishop of Dublin notes that it had been clear that Benedict XVI’s health had been in decline for the past month.

Do popes resign?

Or is today’s announcement without precedent?

Taoiseach extends 'best wishes' to Pope, President writes Pontiff a letter

Enda Kenny clashed with the Catholic Church in the last two years, slamming the “the dysfunction, the disconnection, the elitism that dominates the Vatican today” after the Cloyne report in 2011.

Incredulity, shock and humility - The world reacts to Pope Benedict's resignation

Today’s announcement caught the world unawares. Here’s some of the initial reactions.

In pictures: From Cardinal Ratzinger to Pope Benedict XVI The Pope This post contains images

In pictures: From Cardinal Ratzinger to Pope Benedict XVI

The life and times of the 265th Pope.

Pope’s brother: Pontiff was 'considering resignation for months'

Fr Georg Ratzinger says his brother’s doctors had advised him against transatlantic travel. “At his age my brother wants more rest.”

Pope Benedict resigns, cites 'advanced age' and deteriorating health

He said that his “advanced age” and deteriorating strength were the main reasons for his retirement.