Pope Benedict is resigning his papacy.  His spokesman confirms the Pontiff will step down as head of the Roman Catholic Church on February 28th.  The Church claims about a billion followers worldwide.  In a statement, Pope Benedict the 16th says his strength is no longer adequate to continue. 

The 85-year-old Benedict entered office as Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger and became the Pope in April of 2005 when he was 78-years-old.  He and has served for eight years, taking over for Pope John Paul the Second.  A Vatican official says they expect the papal vacancy to be as brief as possible.  He will be the first Pope to resign in nearly 600 years.

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