ALBANY, N.Y. - Thursday, February 28, 2013 is a historic day for the 1.2 billion Catholics around the world and right here in the Capital Region as the first time a Pope has resigned in nearly 600 years.
Father Ken Doyle of the Parish of Mater Christi says the faithful have been reflecting on the moment at the Vatican Thursday, since the Pope announced his resignation two weeks ago.
"I think there's a certain sadness, but I also think we are very proud to be part of this organization with such a rich history and united in prayer with Pope Benedict," says Father Doyle.
While there are prayers in the Vatican, one by one Cardinals greeted and thanked Pope Benedict XVI on this his last day as the leader of Catholics around the world; something that has never happened before.
The happenings are not the only legacy of change Pope Benedict leaves behind, he is also revered as one of the most scholarly Popes of the modern day.
He was also seen as carving a new path in terms of uniting tradition with the modern day. "Benedict has changed it in the adapting to social media. He has a Twitter account, he has a Facebook page," Father Doyle said, saying it is this blend of new and old that the new Pope will be tasked with continuing, whomever that may be.
As for when the Conclave will begin to select the new Pope, Father Doyle suspects that it will be some time next week. He says the Cardinals will meet Friday and likely get the formal process underway in a few days with the goal to have a new Pope in place by Easter, which is March 31st this year.
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