More than half a million people came to see Pope Benedict XVI during his visit to Birmingham in 2010.
Spectators paid tribute to the Pope today, after the 85-year-old announced his resignation amid growing concerns about his health.
ITV News correspondent Rupert Evelyn reports:
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?