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He was the first pope to resign in more than 600 years.

Pope Benedict XVI resigned at age 85. He said it was due to his failing strength of “mind and body.”

This was a surprise because popes usually die in the papacy no matter how old they become.

The last pope to resign was Pope Gregory XII in 1415.

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