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Topic - Antonio Marto
Pope Benedict XVI broke centuries of precedent Monday by resigning the papacy because of issues of old age, surprising the globe's 1.1 billion Roman Catholics and prompting speculation that the next pope will be the first non-European to lead the church in modern times.
"Europe today is going through a period of cultural tiredness, exhaustion, which is reflected in the way Christianity is lived," Bishop Antonio Marto of Fatima, Portugal, told reporters.
"Perhaps we need a pope who can look beyond Europe and bring to the entire church a certain vitality that is seen on other continents," he said.