At age 85, pope Benedict will resign, becoming the first pontiff since Middle Ages to quit.
Elected to the papacy on April 19, 2005, whe was 78 -- 20 years older
than John Paul was when he was elected. The pontiff will step down from 1900 GMT on
Feb. 28, leaving the office vacant until a successor was chosen to
Benedict who succeeded John Paul, one of history's most popular