Pope Benedict will honour his official commitments and public engagements until February 28, the date of his resignation, according to Vatican spokesman Federico Lombardi.
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?