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Pope Francis visits Benedict XVI before his upcoming birthday

April 13, 2017. Vatican releases statement that the pope visited Benedict XVI yesterday.

Pope announces he will be stepping down citing lack of strength

2013-02-11

Though it was originally intended to create new saints, the Vatican confirmed the announcement of the Pope's resignation. 


During the consistory, Benedict XVI stated, "I have come to the certainty that my strengths, due to an advanced age, are no longer suited to an adequate exercise of the Petrine ministry.”