Benedict XVI, first pope to resign in 600 years, dies at 95


              FILE - Pope Benedict XVI waves to faithful as he leaves after a special mass at the Amadou Ahidjo stadium, in Yaounde, Cameroon, March 19, 2009.Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI, the German theologian who will be remembered as the first pope in 600 years to resign, has died, the Vatican announced Saturday. He was 95. (AP Photo/Rebecca Blackwell, File)
            
              FILE - Pope Benedict XVI, center, talks with a firefighter in front of a collapsed student dormitory following an earthquake in L'Aquila, central Italy, on April 28, 2009. Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI, the German theologian who will be remembered as the first pope in 600 years to resign, has died, the Vatican announced Saturday. He was 95.  (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino, File)
            
              FILE - Pope Benedict XVI celebrates a special mass for the sick in front of the Basilica of the Rosary in Lourdes, France, on Sept. 15, 2008. Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI, the German theologian who will be remembered as the first pope in 600 years to resign, has died, the Vatican announced Saturday. He was 95. (AP Photo/Francois Mori, File)
            
              FILE - Pope Benedict XVI, center, talks to an Australian Aborigine while waving to pilgrims aboard a harbor cruise in Sydney, Australia, on July 17, 2008. Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI, the German theologian who will be remembered as the first pope in 600 years to resign, has died, the Vatican announced Saturday. He was 95. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia, File)
            
              FILE - Pope Benedict XVI greets pilgrims aboard of the Sydney 2000 vessel in Sydney, Australia, on July 17, 2008. Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI, the German theologian who will be remembered as the first pope in 600 years to resign, has died, the Vatican announced Saturday. He was 95. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia, File)
            
              FILE - President Bush walks with Pope Benedict XVI to the Lourdes Grotto at the Vatican on June 13, 2008. Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI, the German theologian who will be remembered as the first pope in 600 years to resign, has died, the Vatican announced Saturday. He was 95. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File)
            
              FILE - Pope Benedict XVI, center, kneels in prayer during his visit to ground zero in New York on April 20, 2008. Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI, the German theologian who will be remembered as the first pope in 600 years to resign, has died, the Vatican announced Saturday. He was 95.  (AP Photo/Pier Paolo Cito, Pool, File)
            
              FILE - Pope Benedict XVI is greeted by United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon at the U.N. headquarters on April 18, 2008, during a visit to New York. Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI, the German theologian who will be remembered as the first pope in 600 years to resign, has died, the Vatican announced Saturday. He was 95. (AP Photo/Craig Ruttle, File)
            
              FILE - Pope Benedict XVI is followed by his personal bodyguard Domenico Giani as he visits the home of late missionary Josef Freinademetz, who was made saint after doing his mission in China, and pray in the church devoted to him, in Oies, Alta Badia, Italy, on Aug. 5, 2008. Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI, the German theologian who will be remembered as the first pope in 600 years to resign, has died, the Vatican announced Saturday. He was 95.  (AP Photo/Alberto Pellaschiar, File)
            
              FILE - Pope Benedict XVI, left, and Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I greet the faithful from a balcony of the Ecumenical Patriarchate after attending the Divine Liturgy together in the nearby Church of St. George in Istanbul, Turkey, on Nov. 30, 2006. Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI, the German theologian who will be remembered as the first pope in 600 years to resign, has died, the Vatican announced Saturday. He was 95. (AP Photo/Dimitri Messinis, File)
            
              FILE - Pope Benedict XVI waves to pilgrims at the end of a papal Mass at the Islinger field in Regensburg, southern Germany, on Sept. 12, 2006. Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI, the German theologian who will be remembered as the first pope in 600 years to resign, has died, the Vatican announced Saturday. He was 95. (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber, File)
            
              FILE - Pope Benedict XVI walks through the gate of the former Nazi concentration camp of Auschwitz, with sign above reading in German "Work will set you free", in Oswiecim, Poland, on May 28, 2006. Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI, the German theologian who will be remembered as the first pope in 600 years to resign, has died, the Vatican announced Saturday. He was 95. (AP Photo/Diether Endlicher, File)
            
              FILE - Pope Benedict XVI opens his arms as he celebrates his installment Mass in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican on April 24, 2005. Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI, the German theologian who will be remembered as the first pope in 600 years to resign, has died, the Vatican announced Saturday. He was 95. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino, File)
            
              FILE - Pope Benedict XVI greets the crowd from the central balcony of St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican soon after his election on April 19, 2005. Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI, the German theologian who will be remembered as the first pope in 600 years to resign, has died, the Vatican announced Saturday. He was 95. (AP Photo/Domenico Stinellis, File)
            
              FILE - Pope Benedict XVI greets the crowd from the central balcony of St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican soon after his election on April 19, 2005. Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI, the German theologian who will be remembered as the first pope in 600 years to resign, has died, the Vatican announced Saturday. He was 95.  (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini, File)
            
              FILE - Pope Benedict XVI greets the crowd from the central balcony of St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican on April 19, 2005, soon after his election. Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI, the German theologian who will be remembered as the first pope in 600 years to resign, has died, the Vatican announced Saturday. He was 95. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini, File)
            
              FILE - Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger blesses the coffin containing the body of Pope John Paul II during the funeral mass in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican on April 8, 2005. Ratzinger went on to become Pope Benedict XVI. Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI, the German theologian who will be remembered as the first pope in 600 years to resign, has died, the Vatican announced Saturday. He was 95. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini, File)
            
              FILE - The Vatican's Prefect for the Doctrine of the Faith, Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, waves to faithful following a mass on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of his priest ordination in the cathedral of Munich, southern Germany, on July 8, 2001. Ratzinger went on to become Pope Benedict XVI. Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI, the German theologian who will be remembered as the first pope in 600 years to resign, has died, the Vatican announced Saturday. He was 95.  (AP Photo/Diether Endlicher, File)
            
              FILE - Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger presents a book with the documents issued by the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith during a press conference at the Vatican on Dec. 12, 1985. Ratzinger went on to become Pope Benedict XVI. Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI, the German theologian who will be remembered as the first pope in 600 years to resign, has died, the Vatican announced Saturday. He was 95. (AP Photo/Bruno Mosconi, File)
            
              FILE - Pope John Paul II, right, shakes hands with Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, during Christmas greetings in the Clementine Hall at the Vatican on Dec. 20, 1985. Ratzinger went on to become Pope Benedict XVI. Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI, the German theologian who will be remembered as the first pope in 600 years to resign, has died, the Vatican announced Saturday. He was 95.  (AP Photo/Massimo Sambucetti, File)
            
              FILE - Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, with the towers of Munich's cathedral in the background, bids farewell to Bavarian believers in downtown Munich, Germany, on Feb. 28, 1982, before heading to Rome to lead the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith at the Vatican. Cardinal Ratzinger went on to become Pope Benedict XVI. Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI, the German theologian who will be remembered as the first pope in 600 years to resign, has died, the Vatican announced Saturday. He was 95.  (AP Photo/Dieter Endlicher, File)
            
              FILE - Bavarian State Governor Franz Joseph Strauss, right, gives a crucifix as a farewell gift to Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, who will leave to head the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith at the Vatican, during his official farewell visit at the State Chancellery in Munich, Germany, on Feb. 12, 1982. Cardinal Ratzinger went on to become Pope Benedict XVI. Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI, the German theologian who will be remembered as the first pope in 600 years to resign, has died, the Vatican announced Saturday. He was 95. (AP Photo/Claus Hampel, File)
            
              FILE - Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, left, Eduard Lose, center, and Cardinal Hermann Volk laugh as they share a joke before the opening of the meeting between Catholic and Protestant confessions in Munich, West Germany, on May 6, 1981. Ratzinger went on to become Pope Benedict XVI. Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI, the German theologian who will be remembered as the first pope in 600 years to resign, has died, the Vatican announced Saturday. He was 95. (AP Photo/Dieter Endlicher, File)
            
              FILE - German Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, left, head of the Vatican's watchdog body on doctrine, looks on while the head of the Armenian-Orthodox Church, Vasken I Baldyan, adjusts his hood, in Munich, Germany, in 1981. Ratzinger went on to become Pope Benedict XVI. Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI, the German theologian who will be remembered as the first pope in 600 years to resign, has died, the Vatican announced Saturday. He was 95. (AP Photo, File)
            
              FILE - Pope John Paul II, left, stands next to German Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger at the Vatican in 1979. Ratzinger went on to become Pope Benedict XVI. Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI, the German theologian who will be remembered as the first pope in 600 years to resign, has died, the Vatican announced Saturday. He was 95. (AP Photo, File)
Benedict XVI, first pope to resign in 600 years, dies at 95