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Key events in the life of Benedict XVI

By The Associated Press
February 11, 2013 | 5:27 p.m. CST
In this photo taken on April 19, 2005, Pope Benedict XVI greets the crowd from the central balcony of St. Peter's Basilica moments after being elected. On Monday, Benedict XVI announced he would resign Feb. 28, the first pontiff to do so in nearly 600 years.

Benedict XVI says he is stepping down at the end of the month, lacking the strength to fulfill his duties at the head of the Catholic Church. The 85-year-old German becomes the first pontiff to resign in nearly 600 years. Here are some key events in the life of a conservative pontiff who grappled with a global sex abuse scandal that exploded during his leadership:

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