Benedict told the Cardinals of the Catholic Church on Monday that he's resigning "because of advanced age". Benedict is 85 and will turn 86 on April 16. He was elected pope in 2005. Benedict, the 265th pope, is the sixth German to serve as Pope and the first since the 11th century. H
e has led the church after the third-longest papacy in church history and during a time in which the church is declining in his native Europe but expanding in Africa and Latin America.