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Pope Benedict resigns and a frenzy begins

A shocking announcement, for the first time in 600 years, the sitting pope, Benedict the 16th said he was stepping down.

But church leaders were in a bit of a frenzy, there was hardly a precedent for electing a new pontiff, when the other was still alive.

This time no grieving, just struggling to come up with a plan. Church law said cardinals must wait 15 days for a conclave to elect a new holy father. In his final act, Pope Benedict altered church law to allow for an earlier conclave. But as the cardinals gathered in Vatican City, they weren`t ready.

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