Pope Benedict XVI shocked the world Monday when he announced that he would step down from his post as spiritual leader of 1.2 billion Roman Catholics, sources report.
Benedict, 85, sited mental and physical deterioration being the major cause in his decision to step down. The decision made him the first pope since Pope Gregory XII in 1415 to step down before death, according to CNN.
He will officially step down Feb. 28 at 8:00 p.m., Reuters reports.
Then 115 cardinals, 67 of which Benedict appointed, will choose a new person for the position, CNN reports.