Posted: Feb 13, 2013 7:28 AM by Kristen Holloway
Updated: Feb 13, 2013 7:32 AM
This Lenten season has a very odd beginning for most Catholics as the church is faced with Pope Benedict's resignation. Just two days before Ash Wednesday. However as Catholics begin Lent, the Pope's resignation isn't shaking the faith of some.
"Of course we're sad at Pope Benedict is leaving because he's been such as bright light in the church for us," Gill Dutel Father of Our Lady of Wisdom.
"I'm actually very surprised cause he seems like he's in such great health and I wasn't aware that a pope could resign versus pass away in the office," said UL Student Anne Williams.
As Ash Wednesday begins some say it's not bad news that the pope can remove himself from such demanding tasks of Holy Week.
"It shows the pope humility that he acknowledges his own weakness and that's very important as we move into ash wednesday and lent where we're encourage to think about our own weakness our own sinfulness, so there is some timing there," Bryce Sibley Father of Our Lady of Wisdom.
Anne Williams looks forward to a new pope during the celebration of Easter.
"I trust his reasons for resigning and I think we're going to enter Lent with the same sort of faith and devotion that he has lead us towards," Williams.
Pope Benedict is expected to officially step down at the end of this month and because the pope has not died, there wont be the traditional nine days of mourning, but there will be a Conclave to select a new pope.