According to reports, Pope Benedict XVI will resign on Feb. 28, citing ailing health concerns.
This would make him the first pope to resign from the position since Pope Gregory XII in 1415.
Patch asked readers via its Facebook Page their thoughts and here are a few of them. Patch has also reached out to local Catholic churches in the Patchogue and Medford area and will update when and if we hear back:
- Siobhan Cantwell Parish before pride.....good job recognizing it's time to step aside.
- Allison Escoto I'm not really clear on why this is a big deal. It is my understanding that the Pope is essentially a figurehead, making his resignation not much more than a blip in history.
- Mary Louise It's a big deal because it's the first time this has happened in 500 years. It's a rarity.
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