The Pope quits and signals younger successor.

The Pope has sensationally quit his post as top dog of the Roman Catholic Church. Even Vatican officials say they were taken by surprise and have had to quickly organise processions for a succession.

Supposedly in poor health Pope Benedict XVI released a statement via The Vatican where he admits he cannot keep up with his job and maybe refers to a younger soul needing to take the position - "In today’s world, subject to so many rapid changes and shaken by questions of deep relevance for the life of faith in order to govern the bark of Saint Peter and proclaim the Gospel, both strength of mind and body are necessary".

Many hardline traditionalist Africans will be clamoring to become the new Pope which may enure evangelist type Catholic promotion for the coming century regards abortion, contraception and homosexuality etc.

Benedict XVI said - "With full freedom I declare that I renounce the ministry of Bishop of Rome, Successor of Saint Peter, entrusted to me by the Cardinals on 19 April 2005".

This may set a precedent for modern day Popes to resign if they encounter poor health, rather than handicapping the Catholic Church, which could in-turn pave the way for more very old Pontifex Maximus'.

[READ] Full resignation statement from The Pope