Pope Benedict XVI is the first pontiff in 600 years to resign from the papacy; he will step down tomorrow from his duties as the 265th pope.
I was quite surprised to find out that the pontiff could retire, though I have to admit that it must have been a very hard and humbling decision to make. To be able to recognize that ones health was keeping him from...fulfilling all his duties to the best of his capacity. I hope you will join me in praying for Pope Benedict as well as his successor during this time of transition in the Catholic church. In the next few weeks they will gather together to elect a new pope and we will wait for the white smoke to name the next pontiff.