10 Popes Who Resigned

Pope Benedict XVI yesterday announced his resignation as 266th Pope. What may be surprising to many is that history is not without its fair-share of popes who resigned. This list looks at ten of them. They all resigned for different reasons (some good—some bad) but they serve to show that there is, indeed, a precent for this surprising act, and—most surprisingly—a number of these resigning popes ended up becoming saints.

 

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