Pope Benedict XVI

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A view of St Peter's Basilica at the Vatican on February 12 one day... News PhotoBack Lit,Basilica,Catholicism,Day,Horizontal,Illustration,Illustration Technique,International Landmark,Pope,Pope Benedict XVI,Religion,Resignation of Pope Benedict XVI,Sky,St. Peter's Basilica - The Vatican,State of the Vatican City,VaticanPhotographer Collection: AFP 2013 AFPA view of St Peter's Basilica at the Vatican on February 12, 2013, one day after after it was announced that Pope Benedict XVI will resign. The Catholic Church entered uncharted waters the same day after Pope Benedict XVI's shock announcement the day before that he would become the first pontiff to resign in more than 700 years. AFP PHOTO / FILIPPO MONTEFORTE (Photo credit should read FILIPPO MONTEFORTE/AFP/Getty Images)