News broke early Monday morning that Pope Benedict XVI will be resigning from his post due to health concerns. Some broadcast networks broke in with special reports and news websites immediately updated their front pages to lead with the story.
On NBC's "Today" show, Matt Lauer announced the breaking news and spoke with the network's Rome bureau chief Claudio Lavagna about the landmark decision. The 85-year-old pope will become the first pontiff to resign since 1415. "This came as a shock of course for all of us and for Catholics around the world," Lavagna told Lauer.
The pope announced his last day will be February 28, 2013. On ABC News, "Good Morning America" host George Stephanopoulos also broke in with a special report, updating audiences on the pope's resignation announcement.
News websites quickly changed their lead stories to focus on the pope's resignation. Straightforward headlines along with photos of Pope Benedict XVI were splashed across pages. Take a look at the slideshow below to see how websites covered the breaking news.