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Pope Benedict announced today he would resign on Feb. 28, citing age and infirmity as the reasons behind his decision. His action makes him the second pope in history to leave the position voluntarily, rather than upon death. We'd love to know what you think of this development and what it might mean for the Catholic church. Please answer our poll questions and feel free to offer your opinion in the comment box below. If you'd like to read the statements issued by Diocese of Joliet Bishop Daniel Conlon and Cardinal Francis George, archbishop of the Diocese of Chicago, click here.