Local reaction to the Pope's resignation

For the first time in 600 years, the Pope has announced that he is going to resign.

85-year-old Pope Benedict the 16th said that he felt he needed to leave because of his diminishing physical strength.

The announcement came as a shock to Catholics all over the world and our correspondent Frances Read was at St Mary's Cathedral in Newcastle to find out local reaction to the news.

Watch the clip below to find out.