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Unchartered territory as Pope Benedict calls it quits

Unchartered territory as Pope Benedict calls it quits

Updated 12 February 2013, 11:26 AEDT

Pope Benedict has resigned, the first pontiff in six centuries to do so.

The 85 year old Pope says he's stepping down due to his deteriorating strength of mind and body.

His decision, after eight years in the post, has shocked even Vatican insiders.

The last pope to quit was Gregory the 12th in 1415.

His papacy will end on February 28th and there will be a gathering of cardinals to elect a new pope in the following weeks.

Already speculation is rife about who will replace him and what this will mean for the Catholic Church.

Presenter:Mary Gearin

Speakers:David Cameron, British's Prime Minister; Angela Merkel, German Chancellor; Monsignor Andrew Faley, Catholic Bishops' Conference of England and Wales; Simon Bryden-Brook, Catholic Voice for Reform; Austen Ivereigh, Catholic commentator;

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