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Pope Benedict XVI To Resign

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On Monday, Pope Benedict XVI, who is 85, announced his resignation.

This is the first time a Pope has stepped down in 600 years and the Catholic Diocese of Sioux Falls was shocked to hear the news.

"What, is this a joke," said Bishop Paul Swain.

Bishop Paul Swain of the Diocese of Sioux Falls, said the resignation of Pope Benedict XVI, is bittersweet.

"Our father is retiring, we're happy for him," said Swain.

Yet he said sadness has started to settle in.

Bishop Swain said, after working for his spiritual father for more than six years, he wouldn’t be anymore.

During a meeting of Vatican cardinals, the Pope said his decision to resign follows limited strength to continue on his duties, due to advanced age.

"You also wonder a bit what's bringing it on, whether there's something more in terms of health we don't know. He's a private man," said Swain.

Bishop Swain said the Pope would be remembered for many things such as rising up sacred art, music and worship, which has influenced The Cathedral of Saint Joseph in Sioux Falls.

Swain said the Pope's successor would have a legacy to carry on.

"Next month, we'll have a new spiritual father, and begin a new to build on the beautiful legacy and the special presence of Pope Benedict XVI," said Swain.

Pope Benedict XVI’s resignation goes into effect on February 28th.

A new Pope will be elected before the end of March.
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