Twin Falls, Idaho ( KMVT-TV / KTWT-TV ) History unfolded in Europe Thursday, pope Benedict the XVI retired.
In our own backyard, Catholics across the magic valley spent the day celebrating the pope's accomplishments.
Area catholic churches held special masses to celebrate the pope's legacy.
Students at St. Edward's Catholic Church gathered together with parents and staff to commemorate a historic day.
"I am no longer the Pope, but I'm still in the church. I'm just a pilgrim that is starting the last part of his pilgrimage on this earth” said Pope Benedict XVI.
"It's certainty very different, he is dignified a holly man and to be able to step down he has some of the most power in the world, yet he knew to step down. I think its world changing,” said Principal Allie Pelayo, St. Edwards Catholic School.
Catholic or not it's a big day for everyone.
"I'll always remember him and have respect for what he has done,” said J.R. Clark.
"I think it was courageous of him to do that. He couldn't handle the job any longer” said Robert Adinolfi.
A religion sending off a powerful person...and preparing to select a future one.
The Vatican says, a new pope will need to be selected by march 17, 2013.