Pope Benedict XVI has been the leader of the Catholic Church for eight years and is the first pope to retire since 1415. Oli Scarff/Getty Images hide caption

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Esho Joseph stands in front of the Nemo Delale bridge in Zakho, Iraq. Joseph, a former translator, grew up speaking Aramaic. Jacki Lyden/NPR hide caption

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Richard Blanco reads his poem "One Today" during President Obama's second inaugural, on Jan. 21. Jewel Samad/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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