Pope Will Not Interfere In Selection Of Successor

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Updated February 12, 2013

Pope Benedict XVI, who is due to resign on February 28, has stated that he will not interfere in choosing his successor after his shock decision to resign at the end of the month.

The brother to the Pope, Georg Ratzinger told journalists the Pope would only “make himself available” if he were needed.

Pope Benedict XVI said on Monday he would resign after almost eight years as the head of the Catholic Church because he was too old to continue at the age of 85.

This decision pegged as the first papal resignation in nearly 600 years surprised governments, Vatican-watchers and even Benedict’s closest aides.

The Vatican now says it expects a new Pope to be elected before Easter.