Politics & Government

February 11, 2013 5:39 PM

By exiting papacy still alive, Pope Benedict follows a precedent not seen for 598 years

Before April 19, 2005, Cardinal Josef Ratzinger talked warmly of retiring. He was looking forward to a leisurely life, with his books, his brother and his beloved gray cat back in ancient Regensburg, Germany, where he owned a house.

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