Pope Benedict XVI. Pope Benedict XVI is the first pope to resign in 600 years and he is the oldest of the ten. He is the 266th officially recognized pope—in other words, he is not regarded as an antipope. Pope Benedict XVI was elected in April 2005 after the death of his predecessor Pope John Paul II. On February 11, 2013, he announced that he would resign the papacy at the end of the month. When he was elected in 2005 he had to manage a church rocked with scandals that had built up during the papacy of his predessor. Scandals such as the child abuse cases which had gone under under the slowly fading eye of John Paul II but started in the watch of his predecessor Pope Paul VI (Pope John Paul I didn’t reign for long enough to be held to account.) The world now watches the Vatican, home of the papacy since the first pope Saint Peter reigned, to see who will be elected next. Curiously, in the Prophesy of the Popes by St Malachi, Pope Benedict XVI is the second to last Pope. His successor is listed as Peter the Roman—the last Pope.