The world is reeling from the news that Pope Benedict XVI is giving up his direct line to God early, becoming the first pontiff in 600 years to resign. The 85-year-old cited his own deteriorating health and old age as the reason for giving three weeks’ notice. Many are flabbergasted and some even upset that Pope Benedict is failing to carry his lifetime appointment to, well, life. It’s not like there’s never been an old pope before. But others commend His Holiness for having the wisdom to step down while he still has his wits about him. Should others follow suit? As the debate over Pope Benedict’s resignation continues, here’s a look at notable people who are actually older than the pontiff and still going strong … for better or worse.