Vatican: Pope will resign on February 28

A Vatican spokesperson has said Pope Benedict will resign on February 28. It is believed the resignation will take effect at 7pm Irish time on that date.

The 85-year-old was elected in 2005 to succeed Pope John Paul II.

The reasons behind the move to resign are unclear, though some reports are saying the decision is health-related.

Pope Benedict will be the first Pope to resign in centuries.

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