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Pope Benedict XVI to Resign From Papacy

By Bloomberg - 2013-02-11T19:08:35Z

Photograph by Keystone-France/Gamma-Keystone via Getty Images

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Becoming Cardinal

The resignation of Benedict may reopen rifts within the church as pressure builds to name a pope from the developing world, where Catholicism is growing much faster than in Europe and the U.S. The new pope will be chosen through a conclave, a special gathering of cardinals who are sequestered in the Sistine Chapel at the Vatican until they can agree on a successor.

Left, Joseph Ratzinger is appointed archbishop of Munich and Freising and cardinal by Pope Paul VI during a ceremony in Vatican City on June 27, 1977.