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Pope resignation: Social media reaction

13 February 2013 Last updated at 14:11 GMT

Pope Benedict XVI is to resign at the end of this month after nearly eight years as the head of the Catholic Church, saying he is too old to continue at the age of 85.

Alex Emery, from the BBC's User Generated Content team, spoke to Ros Atkins about how audiences on the BBC News website and across social media were reacting to the news.