Pope Benedict is stepping down. Benedict told the Cardinals of the Catholic Church that he's resigning because of advanced age. He turns 86 in April.
Students at Pope John Paul Catholic High school are shocked that the leader of their church is resigning. The subject of the Pope was discussed in many classes, along with the impact it's having on the church.
12th grade student Alyssa Murphree says Pope Benedict will be missed, but with his soon departure, she's hoping a younger pope will take his place. "Being younger would help out the young people because he could relate to us more-the younger generation," Murphree said.
Some other students including Stephen Leahy were caught off guard with the Pope's announcement. "I was very surprised by it, I heard about it on the news and I almost didn't believe it, you know," says Leahy. "I was so shocked a Pope resigned".
Pope Benedict will officially step down at the end of the month on February 28th.