Pope Benedict XVI's resignation was both historic and shocking today.
The Catholic hierarchy in Rome appeared wholely unprepared for the announcement, which was delivered in Latin, from the 85 year old.
ITV News Correspondent Paul Davies reports on the Pope's historic decision:
So, we're all shocked at the resignation of the Pope, but what happens next?
Pope Benedict XVI has made the announcement that he will resign as the head of the Roman Catholic Church due to his "advanced age."
Who will follow in Pope Benedict's footsteps? Is it time for an African pope?