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Local Catholics react to Pope's resignation
He's the first Pope to resign in 600 years. Benedict the 16th officially stepped down Thursday. And Catholics all around the world are reacting. News 5's Lauren Conley spoke with a few here in the Heartland.
Vatican City was filled with emotion Thursday as Pope Benedict became the Pope Emeritus.
Benedict the 16th left the Vatican for the papal retreat by helicopter.
While some wept in St. Peter's Square, others watched with a sense of pride from halfway around the world.
"We've been very fortunate to have him as a Pope," said Larry Brouillete.
This is more than just an uncommon occurrence. Nobody in this lifetime or even 6 lifetimes, for that matter have seen a Pope resign.
"Surprised me that he was resigning, because they usually stay in there until they pass away," said Carol Kramer.
"It's an interesting time, kind of an exciting time. A little bit sad to see him go," said Father Houlihan, St. Michael's Catholic Church.
As Pope Benedict is stepping down, many Catholics are walking into church to give thanks to a man who they say is leaving a lasting impact.
"I'm here for mass at noon for thanks giving, for having the Pope and to pray for the new Pope," said Brouillete
Described by many as humble and intelligent, one local priest is also saying he brought the second Vatican Council to life.
"Instead of just keeping the institution going, he's reached out to the world," said Fr. Houlihan.
As far as who will be chosen next?
"I'll let the holy spirit decide that," Fr. Houlihan said.
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