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Official Vatican press release on the Pope's resignation

2013-02-11

Benedict XVI went on to say that his resignation will go into effect as of February 28, 2013 at 8 p.m. European Central Time. 


“A Conclave to elect the new Supreme Pontiff will have to be convoked by those whose competence it is,” the Pope stated. 

The current number of cardinals eligible to choose the next Pope stands at 118. By canon law, the consistory must be scheduled within 20 days of the resignation of Benedict XVI.RCarr