Vatican/Global: The Old Orthodox Bishop or Rome or Bishop of Rome Pope Benedict XVI has announced his resignation over aging and declining health. His resignation will take place on 28th of February 2013. He is the first ever Pope to resign 600 years.
The Roman Catholic Church was in communion with the Orthodox Church until the great schism. It is one of the five ancient Orthodox Patriarchates of the Christian world, but sadly fall out of communion from rest of the sister Orthodox Patriarchates over a number of key theological and historical reasons. Orthodox Churches consider Pope as the Bishop of Rome and respect him with Primacy of honor (this can be only cannonically valid once the Roman Catholic Church return back to the original Orthodox communion) but completely reject all additional teaching of Roman Church including Papal infallibility.
OCP News Service