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Pope Benedict XVI: Legacy of a Gracious Pope
For almost eight years, Pope Benedict XVI surprised his initial critics and admirers. He resigned when his ministry required more strength than he had.
April 2013
CNS/Alessia Giuliani, Catholic Press Photo
ON FEBRUARY 11, 2013, Pope Benedict XVI shocked the world when he concluded a routine meeting of cardinals living in Rome by announcing that he would resign on February 28.

The pope said he recognized “my incapacity to adequately fulfill the ministry entrusted to me.” He is the first pope to resign since Gregory XII in 1415. Here’s a quick look at some highlights from his eight-year papacy.

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Pat McCloskey, OFM, is Franciscan editor of this publication. Between 1985 and 1992 he worked at the international headquarters of the Order of Friars Minor, primarily as its director of communications. During those years, he heard Cardinal Ratzinger speak or preach several times.
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