Catholics around the world are still coming to grips with the sudden announced resignation of Pope Benedict XVI.
The Pope has announced that he will step down at the end of the month because he simply doesn’t have the strength to continue leading the world’s 1 billion Catholics.
Closer to home, Charlotte Diocese director of communications David Haines said tells WRHI that the news is not unprecedented — but it is shocking.
Haines says the new Pope will be chosen from the College of Cardinals sometime in the coming days. The last Pope to abdicate the position did it more than 600 years ago.
Haines said the news of the Pope’s resignation was a surprise to him Monday morning.
Haines says it took a lot of what he calls intestinal fortitude for the Pope to make his decision.
A successor to Benedict will be chosen by the College of Cardinals.
Haines says that decision will be made sooner instead of much later.