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Pope Benedict's resignation 'took us by surprise,' Vatican says

Pope Benedict XVI leaves at the end of a concert by The Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, on the occasion of Pontiff's 85th birthday celebrations, in Paul VI hall at the Vatican in this April 20, 2012 file photo.

Tony Gentile/Reuters

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