The Vatican has insisted that Pope Benedict XVI will have no influence on who succeeds him as leader of the Roman Catholic Church.
One of the Cardinals tipped as favourite to become the next Pope, Cardinal Peter Turkson, said he was not aspiring towards the role. Europe Editor James Mates 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."
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