As it happened: Pope Benedict XVI resignation

Key points

  • Benedict XVI has become the first Pope in nearly 600 years to resign
  • The Pope was flown by helicopter to his summer residence at Castel Gandolfo near Rome
  • 115 cardinals will meet in Rome on Monday to plan the election of the next Pope (all times GMT)

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  • Michael Hirst 

Last updated 6 July 2013

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