Wilmington Bishop Malooly Surprised By Pope Benedict XVI's Resignation

Feb 11, 2013 -- 10:40am

Reverend Francis Malooly, the Bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Wilmington, says he was surprised to hear about Pope Benedict XVI’s resignation.

Pope Benedict announced today that he’ll resign as Pope at the end of this month, meaning the College of Cardinals will have to elect a new Pope.

Benedict appointed Malooly as Bishop of the Wilmington Diocese in 2008. Malooly says Pope Benedict was very supportive of him in his time as Bishop. He believes that Pope Benedict gave a lot of consideration and prayer before making his decision to step down, and hopes the Cardinals will make the right decision when they elect a new Pope next month.

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