Pope to be airlifted from the Vatican as he steps down

Pope Benedict XVI will become the first pontiff in 600 years to abdicate when he is airlifted out of the Vatican today, as cardinals set to elect his successor assess the impact of a secret dossier on church intrigue.

28th February, 2013
Pope Benedict XVI will become the first pontiff in 600 years to abdicate

Pope Benedict XVI will become the first pontiff in 600 years to abdicate when he is airlifted out of the Vatican today, as cardinals set to elect his successor assess the impact of a secret dossier on church intrigue.

The pope, 85, will cease being leader of the world’s 1.2 billion Catholics at 8 pm Rome time after being flown by helicopter to the papal summer residence south of the Italian capital in Castel Gandolfo.

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