I read about that. He's not strong enough to do the job any more it seems, or so they say.
Perhaps the Vatican thinks it's time for someone new, to make new paths and invoke new ideas. I doubt they'll be working on a more open-minded version with the new pope. They've been stubborn in their beliefs for a long time, there's not much reason (for them) to change that now.
He's not the first pope to quit, in 1294 a pope also thought it time to hand over the hat.
Curious what the next one will be like. I'm not holding my breath that it's going to be a dramatic change. Like a black man, or a woman. Or (gasp) a black woman...
It will also be interesting to see how the catholic church will continue to survive, I read that there won't be an interim pope until the end of Paparazzi's official term. Maybe they'll discover that they don't need a pope after all?