Today, at 8 o'clock, local time in Rome, the Holy Father will resign and abdicate. We'll be then in a period of sede vacante. The seat of St Peter will be vacant. Our beloved Benedict XVI will cease to be the Pontiff, and will be known as "Pope Emeritus", and lifted to Castel Gandolfo.
Pope Benedict was a quiet, humble, and interior man. Yet, his papacy was firm and he did not back down from telling the world that the Church is right, and it is only in the Church where the fullness of truth can be found. Now at this moment, he is meeting with the Cardinals and then will be airlifted to Castel Gandolfo.
You can watch all the coverage on the BBC, EWTN, Salt + Light, RTE, and online at the Centro Televisivo Vatican website, www.vatican.va/video.