Health experts laud pope’s decision to step down

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Pope Benedict XVI waves to the crowd upon leaving St. Joseph's Church in New York following an ecumenical prayer service in 2008. RNS photo by Gregory A. Shemitz.

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RNS) Health experts on aging admired Pope Benedict XVI 's decision to resign, citing visible clues about his declining health and respecting his honesty about an inability to fulfill responsibilities as he grows older.