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Ratzinger's Hardest Choice: Inside The Pope's Historic Resignation

Turns out Benedict XVI had been reflecting on resignation since falling last March. After finally telling the world, the Pope returned to his private quarters where he was overcome by emotion.

Ratzinger's Hardest Choice: Inside The Pope's Historic Resignation
Andrea Tornielli

ROME - He read out those 22 sentences in Latin with a voice that was weak yet bristling with emotion, destined to change the history of the Catholic Church. Pope Benedict XVI announced that he would be stepping down from the pontificate at 8 pm on February 28. Afterwards, the Dean of the College of Cardinals, Angelo Sodano, gave him a hug.

Then, with uncertain footsteps, he returned to the papal apartment, where he will live for another 17 days. Here, without prying eyes, he no longer had to hold back his emotions -- and he allowed himself to be deeply moved. Tears streaked the face of an old and tired man. It is the face of the first Pope to resign in six centuries.

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