Pope Benedict XVI has announced he will resign as head of the Catholic church.
His resignation is effective at the end of February. Citing his age, he says he no longer has the energy to fulfill the duties of Pope.
Timothy Thibodeau is a professor of History at Nazareth College. He's also an expert in the history of Christianity and the development of the Latin church in the Middle Ages. He discusses the Pope's "shocking" news with WXXI's Beth Adams.