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Cardinal Ratzinger turns 75 but remains in job

Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, celebrated his 75th birthday yesterday, but will not retire after the Pope declined to accept his resignation.

Diocesan bishops and officials of the Roman Curia are required to submit their resignations to the Pope upon reaching the age of 75. But the German daily Sueddeutsche Zeitung reports that the Pope has already indicated that he will not accept Cardinal Ratzinger's resignation.

Vatican sources indicated that Cardinal Ratzinger -- who has reportedly handed in his resignation twice in the past, only to be asked by the Pope to stay on -- will continue to lead the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith.

However, the sources said, the Bavarian cardinal hopes to lighten his own work load somewhat by giving greater responsibility to his deputy, Archbishop Tarcisio Bertone.

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17 Apr 2002