Pope Benedict XVI announced that he will resign at the end of the month, taking the world by surprise. In the resignation letter written to the Vativan, the Pope cited his age and failing health. “After having repeatedly examined my conscience before God, I have come to the certainty that my strengths, due to an advanced age, are no longer suited to an adequate exercise of the Petrine ministry. ”
You can read the full letter at The Telegraph. It has been 600 years since a Catholic Pope has resigned.
When Pope Benedict resigns on 28 February he will leave the office vacant and the process to choose a new leader of the world’s 1.2 billion Catholics will begin.
Without the customary mourning period that follows the death of a pontiff, a meeting of the cardinals to elect his successor, called a conclave, could begin by mid-March. (Read More)
Update 2: Da TechGuy noticed that it didn’t take long for the haters of the world to start attacking the Pope on twitter.