The Archbishop of Westminster Vincent Nichols told ITV News Pope Benedict's decision to resign took "courage and integrity" but added that it was a "shame" the pontiff is stepping down.
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?