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BREAKING: Pope Resigning Feb. 28

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We are closely following breaking news from Vatican City this morning.

The Vatican says the Pope Benedict XVI will resign on Feb. 28. He is the first pontiff to resign in nearly 600 years.

The Pope says his health is poor and he simply cannot carry on the duties entrusted to him.

"I have had to recognize my incapacity to adequately fulfill the ministry entrusted to me," he said.

The announcement came around 6 this morning during a meeting of Vatican Cardinals.

The Holy Father is 85 years old and succeeded John Paul II in 2005. He was already the oldest Pope elected in nearly 300 years.

German-born Pope Benedict was the 265th Pope.

Possible successors include Cardinal Angelo Scola, Cardinal Christoph Schoenborn, and Cardinal Marc Ouellet.

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