In this photo provided by the Vatican newspaper L'Osservatore Romano, Mons. Franco Comaldo, left, a pope aide, looks at Pope Benedict XVI as he reads a document in Latin where he announces his resignation, during a meeting of Vatican cardinals, at the Vatican, Monday, Feb. 11, 2013. Benedict XVI announced Monday that he would resign Feb. 28 - the first pontiff to do so in nearly 600 years. The decision sets the stage for a conclave to elect a new pope before the end of March. (AP Photo/L'Osservatore Romano, ho)
Pope Benedict XVI announced Monday that he would resign Feb. 28 - the first pontiff to do so in nearly 600 years. The decision sets the stage for a conclave to elect a new pope before the end of March. (AP Photo/L'Osservatore Romano, ho)
Cardinal Francis E. George of Chicago, left, president of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, and then Monsignor David J. Malloy of Milwaukee, general secretary of the conference, applaud during the conference's semi-annual meeting in 2008 in Baltimore. Malloy was named bishop of the Rockford diocese last year. AP file photo.
Pope Benedict XVI blesses the faithful from his studio's window overlooking St.Peter's square during the Angelus noon prayer, at the Vatican, Sunday, Feb. 10, 2013. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)
ELGIN — Jeff Mlinarich, a parishioner at Elgin’s St. Thomas More Catholic Church, didn’t know a pope could resign. But since its been 600 years since that has happened in the Catholic church, it isn’t surprising he didn’t know that, said the 51-year-old Elgin resident. …