We speak with spokeswoman for the local Catholic Church in regards to the Pope's resignation.
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Dianne Laubert, the Communications Director with the Diocese of Palm Beach, gave us some of her time this week to discuss the Pope stepping down.
She says that if you are a practicing Catholic and you head to church this weekend, it will be brought up. "Most Pastors, most Priests will discuss it at some point during their masses on Sunday. I've already heard from different Priests that their congregations are asking questions".
Laubert is keeping up on all of the latest out of Rome. "The conclave will take place early March or mid-March and the goal is to have a Pope picked before the beginning of our holy week and Easter celebration."
She was shocked by the news, but in hindsight remembers Pope Benedict XVI making a statement in recent years. "A couple of years ago, he actually came out saying that if it should come to a time when you don't feel like you can perform at the top of your level and be able to be as committed to all of the duties, then it would be okay to step away. I believe that's what he's finally doing."
The Diocese spokeswoman wants to get a message out to local parishioners in Palm Beach County and along the Treasure Coast. "It surprised many people when he announced his resignation, but it doesn't change anything that's happening right now within our church. He is still the Pope. He is still our leader 'til February 28th. He still has his full capacity and full powers. The church is united in our efforts".
Laubert says she will keep the community updated on the events out of Rome, as the Cardinals get together next month to select a new Pope. Click Here to stay connected, and keep listening to our station as we will provide updates.