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Catholics carry cross to Vatican

The Pope will resign at the end of this month in an entirely unexpected development, the Vatican has confirmed.

The Pope is to resign at the end of this month in an entirely unexpected development, the Vatican has confirmed.

The 85-year-old became Pope Benedict XVI in April 2005 following the death of John Paul II.

The BBC's Alan Johnston reports from Rome, where a large cross has been carried to the Vatican.

  • 11 Feb
  • From the section Europe