St Peter's Basilica is pictured at the Vatican

 
St Peter
St Peter's Basilica is pictured at the Vatican February 12, 2013. Pope Benedict stunned the Roman Catholic Church on Monday when he announced he would stand down, the first pope to do so in 700 years, saying he no longer had the mental and physical strength to carry on. REUTERS/Alessandro Bianchi (VATICAN - Tags: RELIGION)