Christians surprised at pope's decision to retire
KRAKOW, Poland (AP) — Shock, sadness and declarations of faith met Pope Benedict XVI's announcement Monday that he would retire Feb. 28. Here's a look at reaction from around the world:
In his native land, Chancellor Angela Merkel said she had the "very highest respect" for Benedict's decision to step down — a move the pontiff's brother said he had been considering for months amid ailing health.
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