Recently the world was shocked with the news that Pope Benedict XVI had resigned. The news that the Head of the Catholic Church was to step down at the end of February shocked world political leaders, as well as religious figures.
The Pope said he is too old to continue, citing ill health. He is 85, has arthritis and has been wearing a pacemaker for many years. It is the first time in nearly 600 years that a Pope has resigned. Most normally die of old age while in office.
Category: Religion / The Vatican / The Pope