Cardinal Arinze has described being in the room when Pope Benedict XVI made his shock resignation, yesterday. He said the Cardinals were all very surprised. He told the Catholic News Service:
"He said, please sit down, I have something to say, important for the Church. So it was for us, a surprise, like thunder that gives no notice it is coming. As he went on, I began to fear what was coming. There was silent. We all looked at each other, in silence and surprise. "
Cardinal Francis Arinze is among the favourites to replace Benedict.