Pope Benedict XVI enters retirement

Published: Mar 11 2013 11:42:21 AM EDT   Updated On: Mar 13 2013 12:21:11 PM EDT

What does retirement mean for Pope Benedict XVI?

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On Thursday, Feb. 28 at 8 p.m. in Rome, Pope Benedict XVI became the first retired pontiff in 600 years.

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