It is being reported that Pope Benedict has resigned and will step down at the end of February.
Update: The Australian
POPE Benedict XVI has announced he will resign on February 28, a Vatican spokesman said, which will make him the first pope to do so in centuries.
“The Pope announced that he will leave his ministry at 8.00pm on February 28,” said the spokesman, Federico Lombardi.
The 85-year-old became Pope Benedict XVI in April 2005 following the death of Pope John Paul II.