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Pope's brother says knew for months of planned resignation

The pope's brother said on Monday he has known "for a few months" that Benedict XVI was planning to resign and confirmed that the 85-year-old pontiff was "feeling the burden of his age". Georg Ratzinger told AFP: "The reason for his resignation is indeed that he is feeling the burden of his age... I have known for a few months that this (the resignation) was planned." "He knows the demands of the office. I think his decision is correct. It is a positive thing that he is handing over the office to younger hands," said Ratzinger, four years the pope's senior.
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