Pope Announces His Resignation, Effective Feb. 28Pope Benedict XVI announced Monday he would resign Feb. 28 because he is simply too old to carry on.
Pope Benedict XVI Announces His Surprise ResignationPope Benedict XVI announced Monday that he would resign Feb. 28 - the first pontiff to do so in nearly 600 years. The decision sets the stage for a conclave to elect a new pope before the end of March.

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