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Posted: Monday, February 11, 2013 7:16 am | Updated: 6:35 am, Tue Feb 12, 2013.

VATICAN CITY — Pope Benedict XVI said Monday he lacks the strength to fulfill his duties and on Feb. 28 will become the first pontiff in 600 years to resign. The announcement sets the stage for a conclave in March to elect a new leader for world's 1 billion Catholics.

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