Simultaneous Popes Could Disrupt Catholic Church

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Pope Benedict XVI surprised Catholics around the world on Monday by announcing that he will resign on Feb. 28, after serving for just under eight years. It has been six centuries since a pope resigned. In a statement, Benedict said "I have come to the certainty that my strengths, due to an advanced age, are no longer suited to an adequate exercise" of his duties. Speculation is already swirling about who will succeed him.

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