Photo Slideshow: Pope Benedict XVI

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(1981) Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, a leading theologian and archbishop of Munich, West Germany, has been named by Pope John Paul II to head the Vatican Congregation for Doctrine - the office charged with upholding orthodoxy. RNS file photo.

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In a move that took the world by surprise, Pope Benedict XVI on Monday (Feb. 11) announced that he will resign on Feb. 28. Click on any image below to view photo slideshow.