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The Vatican has announced that Pope Benedict XVI will resign on February 28, the first pontiff to step down in nearly 600 years. Benedict, 85, was quoted as saying he no longer had the strength, which he said "in the last few months has deteriorated in me." In 2005, the former Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger of Germany became one of the oldest elected popes in history at the age of 78. (24 PHOTOS)