VATICAN CITY (AP) – Pope Benedict XVI said Monday he lacks the strength to fulfill his duties and on Feb. 28 will become the first pontiff in 600 years to resign. The announcement sets the stage for a conclave in March to elect a new leader for world’s 1 billion Catholics. (via My Way News – Pope to resign Feb. 28, says he’s too infirm)

When Pope John Paul II passed away my wife and I followed the funeral proceedings with great interest as well as the election of a new pope. For my Catholic friends the church is now in transition as a new Pontiff will lead the church into the future.