JACKSON, Miss. -- Pope Benedict XVI announced his resignation Monday morning. The 85-year-old catholic lead said being pope requires the strength of both mind and body and he no longer has the strength to do it. Bishop Joseph Latino for the Diocese of Jackson, believes Pope Benedict wants what is best for the church.
“I admire him for having the courage to say that he can no longer fulfill the obligations and responsibilities because of his health and his advanced age,” said Latino.
Latino believes that through prayer and deliberation the Holy Sprit will guide catholic cardinals to elect a successor.
“I’m saddened, because he has been a good holy father. He led the church through some difficult times. Through his office as the pope he has worked for greater understanding among all faith traditions.”
The last pope to resign was Pope Gregory the X11 in 1415.