Pope Benedict to resign at the end of the month, Vatican says
From Hada Messia, CNN
updated 6:07 AM EST, Mon February 11, 2013
(File) Pope Benedict XVI waves to the faithful as he delivers his Christmas Day message on December 25, 2012 in Vatican City, Vatican.
- No reason was given for the pope's resignation
- Benedict is the first German pope since the 11th century
Rome (CNN) -- Pope Benedict will resign on February 28, his spokesman Father Federico Lombardi told CNN Monday.
Lombardi did not give a reason for the resignation.
Benedict, the 265th pope, is the sixth German to serve as pope and the first since the 11th century. He has led church after the third-longest papacy in church history and during a time in which the church is declining in his native Europe but expanding in Africa and Latin America.