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Pope to Step Down After 8 Years of Legal Tumult

Pope Benedict XVI on Feb. 11 announced that due to health concerns, he will step down from his position at the end of the month. The pope, 85 years old, is reportedly not suffering any serious illness; he reportedly said his strength is depleted and plans to retire to a more quiet life. Having presided over the Catholic world for only eight years, it’s understandable Pope Benedict is tired: The church has dealt with some serious controversy and legal problems …

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