When we think about the election of a pope we automatically think of a ceremony that follows the death and funeral of the last pope. Today, however, marks a historic moment as for the first time in 600 years a pope has resigned. Pope Benedict XVI announced earlier this month that he would be resigning from office due to his waning strength that he felt would impeded upon his ability to carry out his duties as pontiff and the head of the Catholic Church. Many were shocked by the resignation and it has left the church in untested waters. Because the last pope to resign did so 600 years ago, no one is quite sure what this all means, what will happen after the resignation, and how the Catholic Church will deal with it.