Benedict becomes 1st pope in 600 years to resign

Today the leader of a billion plus Catholics

Today the leader of a billion plus Catholics around the world will be the first pope in 600 years to step down. (Credit: News 12 Long Island)

(AP) Benedict XVI has become the first pope in 600 years to resign, ending an eight-year pontificate shaped by struggles to move the church past sex abuse scandals and to reawaken Christianity in an indifferent world. The Swiss Guards standing at attention in Castel Gandolfo shut the gates of the palazzo shortly after 8 p.m. Thursday (2 p.m. EST), symbolically closing the doors on a papacy whose...

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