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The 8 years in service Pope Benedict XVI will effectively step down from His throne on February 28, 2013 due to bad health condition. Many Catholics and Christians alike felt sad about this breaking news. But per the Pope he can no longer handle Issues anymore. He made is resignation after examining his conscience before God.
"The pope made his announcement in Latin, but his statement was translated into seven languages: Italian, French, English, German, Polish, Portuguese and Spanish."
Hew will no longer participate the conclave which falls on March 31, but instead he will just pray for the next high messenger of the Catholic Church.