Vatican: Pope will resign on February 28
A Vatican spokesperson has said Pope Benedict will resign on February 28. It is believed the resignation will take effect at 7pm Irish time on that date.
The 85-year-old was elected in 2005 to succeed Pope John Paul II.
The reasons behind the move to resign are unclear, though some reports are saying the decision is health-related.
Pope Benedict will be the first Pope to resign in centuries.