Pope Benedict XVI will resign from his position on February 28, 2013. The official statement can be read here. The pope cited his illness and weakness to not continue his 8 year tenure beginning on April 24, 2005.
There is speculation as to who the next pope will be. Any unmarried man is eligible to be appointed, however, a cardinal has always been chosen for more than 1,000 years. The international community voiced their opinions through social media.
Who will be the next Pope? Pope Benedict XVI have already signed his resignation letter and by the end of this month will be his last day of being a Pope of the Roman Catholics. For almost 8years of being Pope, Joseph Ratzinger decided to end his term due to his health issues. After him, who will be the new Pope of the Century?