Pope Benedict XVI has announced he will resign on February 28, a Vatican spokesman says, which will make him the first pope to do so in centuries.

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Pope Benedict XVI to resign
Pope Benedict XVI to resign

Pope Benedict XVI has announced he will resign on February 28, a Vatican spokesman says, which will make him the first pope to do so in centuries.

“The Pope announced that he will leave his ministry at 8:00 pm on February 28 (0300 AWST March 1),” said the spokesman, Federico Lombardi, on Monday.