Pope Benedict to Step Down

In an unusual move, it has been announced by Italy’s ANSA news agency that Pope Benedict XVI will step down at the end of this month.  Typically a Pope remains in office from installation to death.  No details are available at this time.

UPDATE:  MSNBC has confirmed that 85 year old Pope Benedict has announced his resignation.  During a canonization ceremony in Vatican City, he stated that he “doesn’t have the strength to go on”.  Reported on the Morning Joe show, it was also reported that the last resignation of a Pope was in 1415.

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