Gallery: Pope Benedict XVI in pictures

Following the announcement of pope Benedict's resignation, the 'Post' gives you a look at some highlights of his short-lived career.

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 pontiffs.