PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – There was some shocking news from the Vatican Monday morning as Pope Benedict XVI announced he will resign at the end of the month.
The 85-year-old pontiff cited advanced age and diminishing strength as his reasons for stepping down.
He will be the first pope to leave the papacy in nearly 600 years.
The pope said carrying out the duties of being the leader of more than a billion Roman Catholics requires both “strength of mind and body” and both are failing.
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The news shocked Catholics across the world, including the large population in Pittsburgh.
The word out of the Vatican this morning resonated all the way to St. Paul Cathedral in Oakland.
“I’m really in shock. He’s a beautiful person and he’s given us so much,” Donna Scuilli said.
Many of the worshipers in their pews had no idea that…
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