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    Posted on February 28, 2013 at 9:14 AM

    Updated Thursday, Feb 28 at 2:00 PM

    Benedict XVI became the first pope in 600 years to resign Thursday, ending an eight-year pontificate shaped by struggles to move the church past sex abuse scandals and to reawaken Christianity in an indifferent world.

    By Nicole Winfield and Frances D'Emilio, Associated Press writers