The spiritual leader of the Roman Catholic Church is resigning. Pope Benedict stunned millions of followers worldwide by announcing today that he’s stepping down at the end of the month. The 85-year-old Pontiff cited his age and frail health. A Vatican official says a new pope should be chosen by Easter.
The Vatican says the College of Cardinals will gather in March to elect a new Pope. The date for the Papal conclave was set after this morning’s announcement that Pope Benedict the 16th is resigning. The Cardinals will enter the Sistine Chapel and not emerge until they choose a new pope.