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By RACHEL DONADIO
Pope Benedict XVI, saying his health is deteriorating, shocked Roman Catholics on Monday by announcing he would retire after nearly eight years on Feb. 28, becoming the first pope to do so in six centuries.
By ELISABETTA POVOLEDO
Vatican experts argued that vision, rather than geography, would likely determine Pope Benedict XVI's replacement, and that the ability to communicate with a distracted world would be important.
By ROBERT MACKEY and CHRISTINE HAUSER
The Lede is providing updates on Pope Benedict XVI's announcement on Monday that he intends to resign.
By NICHOLAS KULISH
The news that Pope Benedict XVI would step down drew an immediate outpouring of tributes matched only by speculation about his health and the future of a church in transition.
By RICK GLADSTONE
Pope Benedict XVI's announcement on Monday put him among the small handful of popes in history who have stepped down as the leader of the Roman Catholic Church.
By GARDINER HARRIS
As many as 36 people were reported killed in India during a dash to get to the Hindu festival of Kumbh Mela, which was expected to draw 80 million pilgrims.