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New Hyde Park Residents React to Pope Benedict XVI’s Resignation

Pontiff to step down Feb. 28 for health reasons; Conclave to follow in Rome.

New Hyde Park residents were stunned along with the rest of world by the announcement that Pope Benedict XVI would step down at the end of February.

The announcement came in Rome from the ailing pontiff, who has been in deteriorating health, and indicated he is too sick to carry on his duties.

It will be the first time in 600 years that a sitting Pope has abdicated the Throne of St. Peter.

“Thank God!” Carmela Aloe wrote on the New Hyde Park Patch Facebook page, “He doesn't have people skills, all he has is business skills which doesn't work if your always in the eye of the public.”

Calls to Holy Spirit Church and Notre Dame Church in New Hyde Park requesting comment were not returned.

John Paul II reigned from 1978 until his death in 2005 and is on the path to Sainthood. Benedict, the former Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, has reigned since April, 2005.

Benedict’s resignation sets the stage for the conclave, a secret meeting in Rome of all church Cardinals under 80 years old to decide his successor.

The word “conclave” means, literally, “with a key.” Symbolically, the College of Cardinals can not leave the conclave without deciding on a new leader of the world’s 1 billion Roman Catholics.

To learn more about Pope Benedict’s papacy see this article from Reuters.

Please weigh in with your opinions in the comment section.

Lynn Borowski February 12, 2013 at 02:13 PM
God bless Pope Benedict for his long and dedicated years of service to our Church and it's people and the Good Lord. I understand he will be living with the cloistered sisters within Vatican City for the rest of his life. Am sure he will be praying for the Church he loves. I know he had said at the beginning of his tenure that his sincere wish was to bring the European Congregations back to the fold and to fill those beautiful, magnificent Churches again with worshipers and not just tourists. A daunting undertaking for sure. I can't help hoping that some of our "Politicians for Life" will follow the Pope's lead.

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