Pope to resign Feb. 28, says he's too infirm

Monday, February 11, 2013 | 7:09 a.m. CST; updated 11:09 a.m. CST, Monday, February 11, 2013

VATICAN CITY — Pope Benedict XVI announced Monday that he would resign on Feb. 28 because he was simply too infirm to carry on — the first pontiff to do so in nearly 600 years. The decision sets the stage for a conclave to elect a new pope before the end of March.