URGENT ¥¥¥ Pope says lacks strength to govern Church due to age

Pope Benedict XVI said Monday he was stepping down as head of the Church because he lacks the strength to govern due to his age.

"Both strength of mind and body are necessary, strength which in the last few months has deteriorated in me to the extent that I have had to recognise my incapacity to adequately fulfil the ministry entrusted to me," the 85-year old said in a statement announcing he will resign on February 28.