Pope Benedict XVI's Resignation Eight Years of Friendship: The Pope Who Improved Vatican-Israel Relations

Pope Benedict XVI will resign at the end of the month, becoming the first chief pontiff since the 15th century to do so; During his eight-year tenure, relations between Israel and the Vatican warmed significantly despite some controversies.

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Pope Benedict XVI who announced Monday he would step down has presided over a papacy that worked to improve relations between the Catholic Church and Jews worldwide, desite some hiccups.