11 February 2013 22:00 | By Tom Phillips
Pope Benedict XVI: a life in pictures

Pope Benedict XVI to resign



Pope Benedict XVI (© REUTERS Andreas Gebert)
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  • Pope Benedict XVI - 1927 - Birth (© AP Photo KNA)
  • Pope Benedict XVI - 1941 - World War II and Hitler Youth (© AP Photo KNA)
  • Pope Benedict XVI - 1945 to 1951 - Studying for Preisthood (© AP Photo KNA)
  • Pope Benedict XVI - 1952 onwards - Academic career (© AP Photo KNA)
  • Pope Benedict XVI - 1977 - Archbishop (© AP Photo Dieter Endlicher)
  • Pope Benedict XVI - 1982 - Prefect of the Sacred Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (© AP Photo Dieter Endlicher)
  • Pope Benedict XVI - 1982 onwards - conservative teachings (© AP Photo Gianni Foggia)
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Italian news agencies are reporting that Pope Benedict XVI, the leader of the Roman Catholic Church and one of the most important religious figures in the world, is to resign on 28 February - the first Pope to do so since 1415. Here we look back at the long - and occasionally controversial - life of the man who is the spiritual leader to more than one billion Catholics worldwide.

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