For the first time in 600 years, the pope will resign voluntarily and he will soon have a new title and a new look.
The Vatican announced today that Pope Benedict XVI will keep his name, but will be called "Pope Emeritus" or the "Roman pontiff emeritus" after he steps down as leader of the Roman Catholic Church on Thursday.
Benedict will also be changing his wardrobe slightly as he will no longer wear the traditional red shoes, opting for brown instead, and he will dress in a simple white cassock.
What do these changes mean? Raymond Arroyo is the anchor and news director of Global Catholic TV and he is Outfront tonight.
It is important to affirm that the Pope is not a political figure. We cannot separate the various spheres of human life, but he is not a world leader. He is the spiritual head of the Catholic Church. He has a responsibility to Catholics, and to all people. He speaks for the welfare of all. This is the point of view I always try to comes from, especially in my political writings you will find here.