Pope praised for ‘modern’ decision; Resignation surprises church

People will most remember Pope Benedict XVI for leaving his position as the leader of the Roman Catholic Church, instead of the changes he made while he was pope, a Greenwood priest said.

The pope announced Monday he will resign on Feb. 28, making him the first pope to do so since 1415.

But that decision also could change the tradition of being pope until death and modernize the position with more youthful and energetic leaders, a religious studies professor said.

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