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Moments of Benedict XVI's Papacy

85th Birthday Celebration

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85th Birthday Celebration

Pope Benedict XVI said Feb. 11, 2013, that he would resign by the end of the month because of poor health. Here, he leaves a concert by the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra at the Vatican for his 85th birthday celebration on April 20, 2012.

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