LOUDONVILLE, N.Y. -- For the first time in 600 years there is no Pope after Pope Benedict XVI resigned Thursday saying his strength was failing due to his age.
Father Michael Farano of St. Pius X Catholic Church calls the day bittersweet for people in the Capital Region. He says though there may not be a Pope; it won't change the celebration of God in his church.
Inside St. Pius X the choir prepares for holy week, and Farano says though there's no longer a Pope his parish is carrying on as normal.
"We're going to continue to baptize babies, we're going marry couples, and we're going to bury the dead. We're going to anoint the children, none of that changes whether we have a Pope or we don't have a Pope right now," said Farano.
Farano says he was surprised when the Pope announced he would be retiring but admires him for doing what he believes is right for the Catholic Church.
"I feel sad that he's gone, but I also feel good, I feel good that he had the courage to lay down the ministry when he said ‘I can't do it anymore, I'm not the person for it, I understand the challenges and I can't do it anymore. God is calling me to something else.'"
He says he's learned many lessons from the Pope -- lessons of love, hope and charity, but most importantly he says he's learned the importance of teaching the faith.
"He says really something interesting that always stuck with me. He says ‘everybody knows what the church is against, but they don't' know what the church is for and if you don't understand what the church is for, you don't really understand the church,' and I always, always remember that.
He also tells us that though this is the first time in 600 years a decision like this has been made, he says this is the time to do it, during Lent.
"Lent is a time of prayer and contemplation...and I think it's a wonderful time for the cardinals to pray and contemplate," said Farano. "Basically, those 115 men that go in there. They know that God is with them, and they know, they can't just listen to each other, they have to listen to that voice, however it comes to them."
Father Farano says the life of the church will go on, because the life of the church is where the people are.
A new Pope will be chosen within the next few weeks, and two possible candidates are in New York. There's Archbishop Timothy Dolan, from NYCand Cardinal Peter Turkson who preached at St. Joan of Arch parish in Menands.
Local News <a href="http://www.wten.com/category/173731/-local-news">More>></a>Local NewsMore>>
PUTNAM STATION, N.Y. – Two people in Washington County are being treated for exposure to rabies, after authorities say an infected bobcat attacked a woman. Cindy Bowman, 49, was attached at the door ofMore >>
Two people in Washington County are being treated for exposure to rabies, after authorities say an infected bobcat attacked a woman.More >>
TROY, N.Y. – Troy Police have confirmed that a female student of Lansingburgh High School was called over to a car Wednesday morning by an unknown male. Police say, a white male in a dark colored sedan,More >>
Troy Police have confirmed that a female student of Lansingburgh High School was called over to a car Wednesday morning by an unknown male.More >>
TROY, N.Y. - Troy Police and Fire Crews are on an active scene on 112th Street between 1st and 2nd Avenues. According to police, there appears to be a one car accident. They believe an older male driverMore >>
Troy Police responded to a fatal car accident on Wednesday evening. More >>
ROTTERDAMN, N.Y. -- The Rotterdam Town Board is expected to select an emergency services provider to serve the community. The town voted more than a month ago to open up the bidding process in an effortMore >>
The Rotterdam Town Board is expected to select an emergency services provider to serve the community.More >>
RENSSELAER, N.Y. – A former rape suspect whose charges were dropped because of a paperwork mistake is due in court on Wednesday. On Tuesday, Homeland Security confirmed a search was conducted at John Halacy'sMore >>
A former rape suspect that had the charges dropped because of a paperwork mistake appeared in Rensselaer City Court Wednesday morning only to be arrested on an Albany County warrant for a felony Burglary charge in Colonie.More >>
SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. – Over a month after the casino referendum passed in New York, a full-casino license will be granted in the Capital Region. On Wednesday, community members and local business ownersMore >>
A full-casino license will be granted in the Capital Region after New York voters approved the measure in November, and many want to expand a current casino rather than build a new one.More >>
SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. - Two Skidmore College researchers have patent for a special use of the antioxidant manganese T-BAP for use in weight loss. Associate Professor T.H. Reynolds, PhD and his formerMore >>
Two Skidmore College researchers have patent for a special use of the antioxidant manganese T-BAP for use in weight loss.More >>
GLENMONT, N.Y. - A employee at a local buffet has been sentenced to prison for identity theft. Heng Li, 27, was sentenced to two and a third to seven years in State Prison for using a credit card skimmerMore >>
A employee at a local buffet has been sentenced to prison for identity theft.More >>
By DOUG FEINBERGAP Basketball Writer The NCAA women's basketball championship committee announced Wednesday the neutral sites of Oklahoma City, Sacramento, Greensboro and Albany will host the 2015 regionals. TheMore >>
The NCAA women's basketball championship committee announced Wednesday the neutral sites of Oklahoma City, Sacramento, Greensboro and Albany will host the 2015 regionals.More >>
ELIZABETHTOWN, N.Y. – A Schenectady woman is accused of giving authorities a false name of a person with a suspended license during a traffic stop. New York State Police say they initiated a traffic stopMore >>
A Schenectady woman is accused of giving authorities a false name during a traffic stop to avoid arrest, but the name she gave still led to her arrest.More >>