Boston Catholics react to the pope's resignation
BOSTON (WHDH) -- The pope's resignation reverberating around the world as millions of Catholics reacted to the news, including here in Boston.
“I question why, you know, it could be his health, but you know many of the prior popes have been very ill,” said Barbara White.
Many Catholics leaving mass this morning at the cathedral of the holy cross in South Boston say they were initially surprised by the news, but understand the reasoning.
“He admitted that his mind and that his behavior of controlling the catholic church, which is about a billion people right now, and he admit that he can't handle it no more,” said Karl Kazaka.
Meantime, the archdiocese of Boston released a statement, saying quote, "At this time, we give thanks to God for the gift of Pope Benedict the 16th's faithful leadership of the Roman Catholic Church during the past eight years of his papacy. We assure the holy father of our prayers and fidelity during these final weeks of his service as the vicar of Christ."
The 85-year-old pope's tenure will be over in just about two weeks, but many of the church's followers are already looking ahead.
“It's going to be interesting whether it's more of the same or if it's not, it's probably a complete big change,” said George Crombie.
“I hope it's for a change that will be good for all of us so, we falling away Catholics may have the opportunity to come back,” said White.
There is still a long process ahead to choosing the next pope. Catholics from Boston to Rome and around the world will be watching very closely.