VATICAN CITY (AP) — Benedict XVI always cast himself as the reluctant pope, a shy bookworm who preferred solitary walks in the Alps to the public glare and the majesty of Vatican pageantry. And on Monday, the Vatican announced that the leader of the world’s billion Roman Catholics was stepping down — the first pontiff to do so since 1415.
Pope’s mission to revive faith clouded by scandal
By Nicole Winfield| Associated Press February 11, 2013
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