Lighting strikes the basilica of St.Peter's dome
This has been first ever such decision in 600 years as the decision is unprecedented. He is the first Pope to resign since Gregory XII in 1415 and no Pontiff in history has stepped down on health grounds.
The Pope, who also uses a walking cane, is also understood to be suffering from a degenerative joint disease and prostate problems.
And surprisingly, a lighting struck the basilica of St.Peter's dome earlier this evening during a storm that struck Rome on the same day Pope Benedict XVI announced his resignation - may be a holy signal of nod perhaps.
A Vatican spokesman said he will officially stand down at 8pm Rome time (7pm GMT) on February 28.