Pope Benedict XVI announced he will resign on Feb. 28, 2013 citing health issues.
Pope Benedict XVI drives past the White House after participating in an official welcoming ceremony with President George W. Bush on the South Lawn of the White House on April 16, 2008. This is the Pope's first visit to the United States and only the second visit in history by a Pope to the White House. (UPI Photo/Kevin Dietsch)
Pope Benedict XVI blesses the crowd during his weekly general audience in St. Peter square at the Vatican, Wednesday, October 3, 2012. The trial of the Pope's butler Paolo Gabriele for stealing Vatican letters continues. UPI/Stefano Spaziani
Pope Benedict XVI blesses a child during his weekly general audience in St. Peter square at the Vatican, Wednesday, October 3, 2012. The trial of the Pope's butler Paolo Gabriele for stealing Vatican letters continues. UPI/Stefano Spaziani
Pope Benedict XVI leads the Palm Sunday celebration at Saint Peter's square at the Vatican, on April 1, 2012. The Palm Sunday marks the holy week of Easter in celebration of the crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus Christ. UPI/Stefano Spaziani
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