VATICAN CITY -- Pope Benedict XVI is stepping down.
According to a report from NBC News, Pope Benedict XVI on Monday announced that he no longer has the strength to carry out his duties and will leave his post on Feb 28. Benedict is 85 years old.
Benedict, who took office in 2005, is the first Pope to step down from the post in six centuries.
Bishop Daniel Jenky of the Peoria Diocese said in a statement that he was "shocked" at the Pope's announcement. The statement also said that the resignation of Benedict XVI will be a great loss to the church.
Bishop Jenky met Pope Benedict XVI in February of 2012. In his statement he states that at the time, the Pope looked tired.
Read the entire NBC News report HERE.