Category: Society / February 11, 2013 3:34 PM EST
The Vatican raced to publish a special edition of its newspaper on Monday (February 11) to mark the surprising news that Pope Benedict will resign on Feb 28.
The Pope shocked the world and left his closest aides "incredulous" when he announced he no longer had the mental and physical strength to run the Roman Catholic Church and would become the first pontiff in more than 700 years to resign.
St. Peter’s Square drew large crowds who, despite the thunder and lightning, fought to snap up the special paper before it sold out.
Vatican officials say 85-year-old Benedict will officially step down on February 28th.
A new leader of the world's 1.2 billion Roman Catholics could be elected as soon as Palm Sunday, on March 24 and be ready to take up residence by Easter a week later.
Video Source: Reuters