Newspaper article Daily Examiner (Grafton, Australia)

Thanks Go out to a Devoted Pontiff; Pell Offers Tribute to a Fine Teacher

Newspaper article Daily Examiner (Grafton, Australia)

Thanks Go out to a Devoted Pontiff; Pell Offers Tribute to a Fine Teacher

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Byline: Adam Carroll

AUSTRALIAaS most senior Catholic Cardinal George Pell said news of Pope Bene- dict XVIas resignation had come as a surprise.

Pope Benedict, 85, will become the first pontiff in almost 600 years to resign as the head of the Roman Catholic Church, citing his age and failing health for the decision.

He will officially step down from the papacy on February 28.

Cardinal Pell, the Archbishop of Sydney, paid tribute to the outgoing Pope, who was in the role for almost eight years.

aWe thank him for his years of devoted leadership and service and his brilliant teaching. We will pray for him as he enters retirement.a

Cardinal Pell will be among the 118 cardinals who will elect a new pope at the Vatican.

Archbishop of Melbourne Denis Hart issued a brief statement, saying: aMillions of Catholics are grateful for his holiness and teaching, and are encouraged by his gentle and loving service.a

Pope Benedict made the shock announcement to a gathering of cardinals at the Vatican. …

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