Valley reacts following Pope Benedict's resignation
POSTED: Monday, February 11, 2013 - 6:50pm
UPDATED: Tuesday, February 12, 2013 - 9:28am
San Juan, TX (NEWS CENTER 23) — It's another normal day at the Basilica of San Juan Catholic Shrine as hundreds of locals head to attend a morning mass after hearing the news Pope Benedict the XVI will resign.
Bishop Daniel Flores of the Diocese of Brownsville says, "He wants to do the best he can for the future of the church and really that is why I think humility is the great mark of this act, because he's focused more on what the church needs and not upon himself."
The 85-year-old made the announcement Monday saying he's too tired to go on doesn't feel he has full strength to fulfill his ministry.
Father Jerry Frank of St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in San Juan says,
"These are tough times for the universal church leadership, I think he did his best and that it took a toll on him."
The Vatican say's the pontiff will step down on the 28th of this month. It's generally customary that past Pope's hold on to their position until passing away, but that's not the case for Pope Benedict the 16th.
As for his replacement: there will be a meeting of the cardinals to elect his successor, called a conclave, which could begin by mid-March.
While 1.2 billion Catholics around the world are waiting to see what happens next, here locally many have that same curiosity.
The Vatican says Pope Benedict the XVI will quietly continue to live in the Vatican after he retires.
Meanwhile locals here say they'll remember him for all the hard work and leadership and believe he's at right to step down, especially because of his age and circumstances within his health.