The Archbishop of New York Cardinal Timothy Dolan told NBC he was "startled" by the pontiff's resignation and spoke of his "special bond" with Pope Benedict XVI.
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?