Ann Widdecombe, who has just been honoured for her work in politics by Pope Benedict, has told Daybreak that she was "very surprised" to hear Pope Benedict XVI had announced he was resigning.
She added that this could be a "great comfort to the church", as popes can choose to resign should they want, in stead of "struggling on to the end".
There are currently several papal contenders in the running to replace Pope Benedict XVI, but no obvious front-runner has come to light as yet.
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?