Here's a zinger out of left field: Pope Benedict XVI resigns due to age and declining health
Benedict has been Pope for eight years and is stepping down at age 85. The real question is whether his successor will be European. I don't see how.
Hindsight is always 20/20, but papal observers say that Benedict signaled quite some time ago that he would not leave the papacy by death:
Update: For the historically minded, there is a highly interesting summary of the centuries-old background to this story at Burnable Books', " Popes Who Quit."
Pope Benedict XVI stands by the remains of Pope Celestine V in 2009. Photograph: AP