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# Pope resigns

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# Contenders
Meet the men who could succeed Pope Benedict XVI
17 would-be contenders in the race for the papal office.
# White Smoke
Explainer: How is a new Pope chosen?
There are currently 209 members of the College of Cardinals – but only 115 of them get a vote in choosing the new pontiff.
# Ex Benedict
Cardinals begin process of arranging conclave to elect new pope
The tweets from the @pontifex Twitter account have been removed, with the account dormant awaiting a new pontiff.
# Ex Benedict
Benedict XVI formally steps down as leader of Catholic Church
Cardinals will now meet to elect a successor, while the 85-year-old former Joseph Ratzinger will be known as ‘Pope Emeritus’.
# All over
Last day: Benedict XVI's papal powers expire at 7pm tonight
The pontiff will depart the Vatican later today to spend the next few months at the papal residence at Castel Gandolfo before he returns to the Vatican permanently to live a life of prayer and academic research.
# arrivederci
Benedict XVI holds final address before stepping down as pope
The 85-year-old enjoys an emotional sendoff, explaining his reasons for retiring and taking a final tour of St Peter’s Square.
# One last time
Pope to hold his final Vatican audience ahead of departure
Details of Pope Benedict’s life after his reign ends have emerged and include him swapping his trademark red shoes for a brown pair. His Fisherman’s Ring will also be destroyed.
# Ex Benedict
Report: Pope decided to resign after internal report on adultery
La Repubblica says a report presented in December detailed breaches of the ‘sixth and seventh commandments’.
# Pope resigns
Pope calls for Catholic Church to 'renew' as thousands flock to prayers
The Vatican said over 50,000 people had turned out to see the pope for his Sunday Angelus, while local authorities put the number at over 100,000.
# sacred heart
Vatican admits Pope had secret heart operation three months ago
The Vatican said the operation had nothing to do with the Pope’s decision to resign.
# White Smoke
A 12-century Irish saint reckons the next pope is the last
St Malachy – the first Irish saint to be canonised by a pope – had a prophecy concerning every pope between then and now.
# haven't a pope
The best memes about the Pope's resignation
Father Ted references ahoy.
# Pope resigns
Eight years: A timeline of Pope Benedict's key moments
The highlights of Pope Benedict XVI’s papacy, from 2005 to today.
# Reaction
Archbishop Martin: It's amazing the pope had continued until now
The Archbishop of Dublin notes that it had been clear that Benedict XVI’s health had been in decline for the past month.
# Explainer
Do popes resign?
Or is today’s announcement without precedent?
# The Pope
Taoiseach extends 'best wishes' to Pope, President writes Pontiff a letter
Enda Kenny clashed with the Catholic Church in the last two years, slamming the “the dysfunction, the disconnection, the elitism that dominates the Vatican today” after the Cloyne report in 2011.
# Reaction
Incredulity, shock and humility - The world reacts to Pope Benedict's resignation
Today’s announcement caught the world unawares. Here’s some of the initial reactions.
# The Pope
In pictures: From Cardinal Ratzinger to Pope Benedict XVI
The life and times of the 265th Pope.
# Family affair
Pope’s brother: Pontiff was 'considering resignation for months'
Fr Georg Ratzinger says his brother’s doctors had advised him against transatlantic travel. “At his age my brother wants more rest.”
# Pope resigns
Pope Benedict resigns, cites 'advanced age' and deteriorating health
He said that his “advanced age” and deteriorating strength were the main reasons for his retirement.