Pope Benedict XVI's resignation surprises the world

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A papal resignation has not occurred in centuries, but Pope Benedict XVI, born Joesph Ratzinger, changed that statistic Monday, according to CNN.

The pope attributed his resignation at the end of Feb. to "advanced age," CNN reported.

The Vatican indicated there should be a new pope elected by Easter, according to BBC. The process includes a decision made by the cardinals, according to CNN.

CNN also reported that 67 of the 118 cardinals were appointed by the pope himself.

The pope does not plan to be involved in managing the church after resignation and Rev. Federico Lombardi said the pope will likely retire to a monastery, according to CNN.

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