Vatican says Pope resigning on Feb. 28

Published On: Feb 11 2013 06:12:17 AM EST   Updated On: Feb 11 2013 06:14:10 AM EST
VATICAN CITY -

The Vatican says that Pope Benedict XVI will resign on Feb. 28. The announcement Monday was a surprise.

No reason was given.

Benedict, the 265th pope, is the sixth German to serve as pope and the first since the 11th century. He has led church after the third-longest papacy in church history and during a time in which the church is declining in his native Europe but expanding in Africa and Latin America.

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