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Chatter: Bye-bye, Benedict

Benedict XVI gives his last ever public address as pope, Iran says it will keep talking about its nuclear program, there's a deadly shooting at a Swiss factory, and how well do you know the rules of Yeti hunting?
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Benedict XVI gives his last ever public address as pope, Iran says it will keep talking about its nuclear program, there's a deadly shooting at a Swiss factory, and how well do you know the rules of Yeti hunting?
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An African pope? Don't bet on it

VATICAN CITY — Pope Benedict's impending resignation has Catholics everywhere speculating about his successor and where he'll be from.

Chatter: Pope Benedict speaks

The pope address his flock for the first time since his shock announcement, President Obama tells the Union what's up, and zombies are attacking Montana - not.
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The pope address his flock for the first time since his shock announcement, President Obama tells the Union what's up, and zombies are attacking Montana - not.
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Pope Benedict XVI, 2005-2013

Now 85, the Pope says he is too old to continue leading the Roman Catholic Church.

Goodbye, Pope Benedict XVI: Some of us will miss you

After the pope's resignation was announced Monday morning — mind you, not on Twitter — the faithful sent multilingual thanks and prayers to his @pontifex handle. But they had an uphill climb to compete with the deluge of snark, puns, and vitriol also sent the Pope's way.

Chatter: The pope has quit

The Vatican makes a surprise announcement, there's a mining disaster in Russia, Europe's horsemeat scandal trots on, and the world's largest crocodile is an ex-largest crocodile.
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The Vatican makes a surprise announcement, there's a mining disaster in Russia, Europe's horsemeat scandal trots on, and the world's largest crocodile is an ex-largest crocodile.
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Pope’s dove of peace attacked by seagull

Pope Benedict XVI released a dove at the Vatican's Peter's Square, where it was almost immediately attacked by a seagull.
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Pope Benedict XVI releases a dove from the window of his appartment at the end of his Sunday Angelus prayer in St. Peter's square at the Vatican on January 27, 2013. The Pontiff and youth of the Catholic Action released two doves, symbols of peace. (VINCENZO PINTO/AFP/Getty Images)
At the Vatican, Pope Benedict XVI released his dove of peace, only to see it attacked by a seagull.
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Pope retweeted more than Justin Bieber, Vatican says

The Vatican newspaper said the Pope had 2.1 million Twitter followers, just eight days after sending his first tweet.

German satire magazine suggests pope has his own 'Vatileak'

Titanic magazine ran a cover showing Pope Benedict XVI in a suspiciously stained cassock.
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Pope Benedict XVI was not amused by German satire magazine Titanic's take on the Vatileaks scandal. (Daneil Dal Zennaro/AFP/Getty Images)
The offending picture shows the pope wearing a white cassock which is soiled at crotch level. The headline reads: "Hallelujah in the Vatican: The leak is found!"
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Hugo Chavez back in Cuba for radiotherapy

Some Venezuelans hope to see the president meet Pope Benedict XVI, also visiting the island.
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Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez speaks in Caracas on March 24 before departing for Cuba to receive cancer treatment. Hopes are high that he will have an audience with Pope Benedict XVI, also visiting Cuba this week. (LEO RAMIREZ/AFP/Getty Images)
The timing of Chavez's treatment in Cuba — coinciding with the pope's visit to the island — could not be better to cement the Venezuelan president's Catholic credentials ahead of a general election.
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