The pope's resignation has evoked a number of reactions from different parts of the world. The next huge question that the Vatican is facing is - who would take over as the next Pope. According to various media reports it seems that the Archbishop of San Paulo is one of the front runners for the position.
When questioned about it he said, “I think it would be very pretentious for a cardinal to say about himself 'I am ready to be pope,' very pretentious. Throughout our lives we realise that we are carrying a message, which has been confided in us. We are preparing ourselves for what we have to do now. But obviously it is other cardinals who have to decide who is ready. We can't decide that for ourselves. There won't be any cardinal who would say that I am ready.
Addressing the media, he told of his own reaction about the Pope's resignation. He said, “My reaction was surprise like everyone but at the same time a profound understanding of the Pope's gesture given his condition. Firstly, his age and then he feels he is losing strength, as he said himself, has been visible over the last few months. I realized immediately that explained it. So it was a surprise for me but I was also filled with admiration and understanding.”
In the pope's German hometown while some people understand, some are disappointed with his decision to step down. Roland Stadler, a German said, “It is a shame. An era is coming to an end. But on the other hand it is good for him. He will now be able to feel the relief.” Some also said that it was great for Germany to have a pope but now it is time for other countries.
Once reserved for Italians, now anyone can be elected as a Pope for the Vatican. Pope Benedict's successor would be chosen by 117 cardinal electors, reported the BBC website, in a secret election called the Conclave in the Sistine Chapel.