Pope Benedict’s announcement today to resign as the leader of the Roman Catholic Church has sent shock waves around the globe and locally.
Saints Peter and Paul Catholic School Principal, Sarah Kranz of Hopkinsville says when she first learned of the Pope’s resignation, it took her by surprise.
Pope Benedict is the first pontiff in over 600 years to resign and will be officially retired on Friday, February 28th
at 8 p.m.
The 85-year old German born Pope stated after months of contemplation, he made the decision because he no longer had the strength to fulfill his duties that he had been entrusted to do.
Mrs. Kranz says she told her students about the resignation following a morning prayer and that her students will be able to witness history in the making when it comes to selecting a leader of the Roman Catholic Church.
As soon as Pope Benedict’s resignation takes effect, Cardinals from around the world will gather in Rome and go into a secret conclave, or meeting to elect his successor.
Born Joseph Ratzinger of Bavaria, Pope Benedict succeeded Pope John Paul following his death in 2005.