Originally posted on SavyTrendy:
For the first time in 600 years, a pope is resigning after less than eight years in office. Today Pope Benedict XVI, 85, made the surprise announcement that he would step down on Feb. 28, citing his advanced age.
Who will succeed the very conservative German? Benedict, formerly Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, was elected in April 2005 by fellow cardinals after John Paul II died.
Vatican spokesman Federico Lombardi, said a successor could be elected by Easter, which falls on March 31.