Pope Benedict XVI has become the first Roman Pontiff since Pope Gregory XII in 1415 to resign,...

|By:, SA News Editor

Pope Benedict XVI has become the first Roman Pontiff since Pope Gregory XII in 1415 to resign, saying he will leave office on February 28 due to his failing strength, which is "no longer suited to an adequate exercise of the Petrine ministry." The Vatican plans to appoint a successor by Easter. (Resignation letter)