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Local church reacts to Pope's sudden resignation
A stunning announcement has the world talking Monday. Pope Benedict the 16th is stepping down from his seat as leader of the Catholic Church at the end of February.
It's the first time a Pope has resigned since the 13th century.
The 85 year old Pontiff made the announcement Monday morning during a meeting with the Vatican Cardinals.
He's the oldest pope elected in 300 years. Deteriorating health concerns led to the rare decision.
The spiritual leader became the 265th Pope in April of 2005.
One local catholic leader at St. Cecilia is shocked.
"The thing that he released is trying to communicate to us that after prayerful discernment I have come to the judgment, evaluating my own conscious before God that this is the best action to take," said Fr. Joseph Walsh.
The news has led to anxious speculation as to who would replace the Pope.
But it is said the Catholic front-runner will have no part in the process and will devote his time to spiritual devotion and prayer.
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