Pope Benedict XVI: An Odyssey

Feb 12, 2013, 18:49 PM IST
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In this Friday, Oct. 28, 2011file photo provided by the Vatican newspaper Osservatore Romano, Pope Benedict XVI receives a delegation of religious leaders from all over the world he met at a peace meeting in Assisi yesterday, at the Vatican.

In this Friday, Oct. 28, 2011file photo provided by the Vatican newspaper Osservatore Romano, Pope Benedict XVI receives a delegation of religious leaders from all over the world he met at a peace meeting in Assisi yesterday, at the Vatican.

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FILE - In this Wednesday, March 28, 2012 file photo provided by the Vatican newspaper L`Osservatore Romano Pope Benedict XVI meets with Fidel Castro in Havana. Benedict announced Monday Feb. 11, 2013 he would resign Feb. 28, the first pontiff to do so in nearly 600 years.

FILE - In this Wednesday, March 28, 2012 file photo provided by the Vatican newspaper L`Osservatore Romano Pope Benedict XVI meets with Fidel Castro in Havana. Benedict announced Monday Feb. 11, 2013 he would resign Feb. 28, the first pontiff to do so in nearly 600 years.

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FILE - In this Tuesday, March 13, 2007 file photo, Pope Benedict XVI talks with Russia`s President Vladimir Putin, left, during their meeting at the Vatican. Benedict announced Monday Feb. 11, 2013, he will resign Feb. 28 becoming the first pontiff to step down in 600 years.

FILE - In this Tuesday, March 13, 2007 file photo, Pope Benedict XVI talks with Russia`s President Vladimir Putin, left, during their meeting at the Vatican. Benedict announced Monday Feb. 11, 2013, he will resign Feb. 28 becoming the first pontiff to step down in 600 years.

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FILE - This July 10, 2009 file photo shows President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama meeting with Pope Benedict XVI, at the Vatican. Pope Benedict XVI said Monday, Feb. 11, 2013 he lacks the strength to fulfill his duties and on Feb. 28 will become the first pontiff in 600 years to resign.

FILE - This July 10, 2009 file photo shows President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama meeting with Pope Benedict XVI, at the Vatican. Pope Benedict XVI said Monday, Feb. 11, 2013 he lacks the strength to fulfill his duties and on Feb. 28 will become the first pontiff in 600 years to resign.

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FILE - In this March 25, 2012 file photo, Pope Benedict XVI waves from the popemobile wearing a Mexican sombrero as he arrives to give a Mass in Bicentennial Park near Silao, Mexico. On Monday, Feb. 11, 2013 the Vatican announced that Pope Benedict XVI will resign on Feb. 28, 2013.

FILE - In this March 25, 2012 file photo, Pope Benedict XVI waves from the popemobile wearing a Mexican sombrero as he arrives to give a Mass in Bicentennial Park near Silao, Mexico. On Monday, Feb. 11, 2013 the Vatican announced that Pope Benedict XVI will resign on Feb. 28, 2013.

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FILE - In this Oct. 22, 1978 file photo, Pope John Paul II places his hands on the shoulders of West German Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger in Vatican City. Ratzinger, who later became Pope Benedict XVI, announced Monday, Feb. 11, 2013 that he will resign on Feb. 28.

FILE - In this Oct. 22, 1978 file photo, Pope John Paul II places his hands on the shoulders of West German Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger in Vatican City. Ratzinger, who later became Pope Benedict XVI, announced Monday, Feb. 11, 2013 that he will resign on Feb. 28.

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FILE - In this 1979 file photo, Pope John Paul II, left, poses with Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger of Munich. Ratzinger was elected Pope, April 19, 2005 and chose Benedict XVI as his papal name.

FILE - In this 1979 file photo, Pope John Paul II, left, poses with Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger of Munich. Ratzinger was elected Pope, April 19, 2005 and chose Benedict XVI as his papal name.

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FILE - This mid-1970s file photo shows the archbishop of Munich and Freising, Joseph Ratzinger, who is to be elevated to cardinal by Pope Paul VI. Ratzinger was elected Pope, April 19, 2005 and chose Benedict XVI as his papal name.

FILE - This mid-1970s file photo shows the archbishop of Munich and Freising, Joseph Ratzinger, who is to be elevated to cardinal by Pope Paul VI. Ratzinger was elected Pope, April 19, 2005 and chose Benedict XVI as his papal name.

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FILE - In this 1952 file photo Father Joseph Ratzinger celebrates an open air Mass in Ruhpolding, southern Germany. Ratzinger, who later became Pope Benedict XVI, announced Monday, Feb. 11, 2013 that he will resign on Feb. 28.

FILE - In this 1952 file photo Father Joseph Ratzinger celebrates an open air Mass in Ruhpolding, southern Germany. Ratzinger, who later became Pope Benedict XVI, announced Monday, Feb. 11, 2013 that he will resign on Feb. 28.

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FILE - In this June 29, 1951 file photo, Joseph Ratzinger, right, and his brother Georg after their ordination to priesthood in Freising, southern Germany. Ratzinger, who later became Pope Benedict XVI, announced Monday, Feb. 11, 2013 that he will resign on Feb. 28.

FILE - In this June 29, 1951 file photo, Joseph Ratzinger, right, and his brother Georg after their ordination to priesthood in Freising, southern Germany. Ratzinger, who later became Pope Benedict XVI, announced Monday, Feb. 11, 2013 that he will resign on Feb. 28.

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FILE - The Feb. 28, 1982 file photo shows then Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, left, testing the sharpness of the sabre of mountaineer Andreas Stadler, right, in Munich. Joseph Ratzinger, who later became Pope Benedict XVI, announced Monday, Feb. 11, 2013 that he will resign on Feb. 28.

FILE - The Feb. 28, 1982 file photo shows then Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, left, testing the sharpness of the sabre of mountaineer Andreas Stadler, right, in Munich. Joseph Ratzinger, who later became Pope Benedict XVI, announced Monday, Feb. 11, 2013 that he will resign on Feb. 28.

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FILE - In this September 1978 file photo, Albanian-born Mother Teresa, left, and German Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, right, attend a Mass during the 85th German Catholics Day in Freiburg, southern Germany, from Sept. 13-19, 1978. Ratzinger was elected Pope, April 19, 2005.

FILE - In this September 1978 file photo, Albanian-born Mother Teresa, left, and German Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, right, attend a Mass during the 85th German Catholics Day in Freiburg, southern Germany, from Sept. 13-19, 1978. Ratzinger was elected Pope, April 19, 2005.

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FILE - This April 19, 2005 file photo shows Pope Benedict XVI greeting the crowd from the central balcony of St. Peter`s Basilica moments after being elected, at the Vatican. On Monday, Feb. 11, 2013 Benedict XVI announced he would resign Feb. 28, the first pontiff to do so in nearly 600 years.

FILE - This April 19, 2005 file photo shows Pope Benedict XVI greeting the crowd from the central balcony of St. Peter`s Basilica moments after being elected, at the Vatican. On Monday, Feb. 11, 2013 Benedict XVI announced he would resign Feb. 28, the first pontiff to do so in nearly 600 years.

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