At 11am (Central European Time) today Monday 11th Febuary the Vatican confirmed that Pope Benedict XVI will stand down on 28th Feb. 2013
The Pope himself released a statement saying he is fully aware of the gravity of the gesture he is making. He becomes the first Pope in centuries to stand down.
The Vatican has said, through the news agency Reuters, that there will be a vacuum until a new Pope is appointed.
As yet, no further details have been released. Obviously rumours will abound about the Churches role in cover-ups over child abuse, connections with Hitler's Youth and ill health.
Commentary from church and theologians all register complete shock at the news.
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