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Locals Respond to Pope Resigning on Ash Wednesday

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By Michelle Bartlome

Twin Falls, Idaho ( KMVT-TV / KTWT-TV ) - On a holy day for Catholics, many are still soaking in the announcement that Pope Benedict will be resigning.

The Pope explained that he no longer had the mental and physical strength to carry on.

A shocking announcement for many local parishioners.

But, confidence remains in the 2,000–year–old institution.

"It was quite a shock,” said Dave Ellingsen, Kimberly.

A shock that many Catholics like Dave Ellingsen are coming to terms with.

"It will give us a lot of things to reflect on. The Pope has been well reasoned. I'm sure he has given it much thought,” said Ellingsen.

With Ash Wednesday upon the Catholic Church, many are wondering what happens from here?

"It's the first time it's happened in 600 years or longer. People in our society, at a certain age, retire. It's courageous of him to think – I can't do this – I need to turn it over to someone else. It happened to be during lent. The timing is just how it is," said Father Jerome Montez, Ascension Priory.

Even with the upcoming changes, local leadership isn't worried.

"We have in this Diocese, we do things that Rome asks us to do, but we also do things on our own,” said Father Montez.

The Pope will officially resign at the end of the month.


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