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World, Religious Leaders React to Pope Resignation

The new Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, walks outside St Paul's Cathedral as he poses for the media following his ceremony known as the confirmation of election in London, February 4, 2013.The new Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, walks outside St Paul's Cathedral as he poses for the media following his ceremony known as the confirmation of election in London, February 4, 2013.
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The new Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, walks outside St Paul's Cathedral as he poses for the media following his ceremony known as the confirmation of election in London, February 4, 2013.
The new Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, walks outside St Paul's Cathedral as he poses for the media following his ceremony known as the confirmation of election in London, February 4, 2013.
Lisa McAdams
The spiritual head of the Anglican church said he is of "heavy heart" after learning of Pope Benedict's decision to resign on February 28, due to advancing age.

The Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, added in a statement to the 80-million strong Anglican community that he fully sympathizes with Benedict the 16th's decision to leave the job, which he said the pontiff held with "great dignity, insight, and courage."  Welby prayed that God would bless Benedict in his retirement, as well as those entrusted with the task of choosing his successor.  

German Chancellor Angela Merkel said Monday she had the "greatest respect" for the German-born pope's difficult decision to resign. Merkel said that Benedict is and remains one of the most significant religious thinkers of our time.

World Catholic population, 2012.World Catholic population, 2012.
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World Catholic population, 2012.
World Catholic population, 2012.
In Rome, where the pope announced his decision in a meeting with cardinals early Monday, some Italians voiced disbelief, while others said they understood his choice.

The speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives, Republican John Boehner, said the pope's decision "displays extraordinary humility and love for the Church."

In South Africa, the Archbishop of Pretoria, William Slattery, said the continent's 170 million Catholics will remember the pope fondly. He said the news took his parish by surprise but that people understood the reasons he gave for moving on.

And in the Middle East, the Chief Rabbi of Israel, Yona Metzger, said that Pope Benedict improved ties between Judaism and Christianity which, he said, helped reduce anti-Semitism around the world. He said he hoped Benedict's successor would follow the same course of action.


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US Catholics Have Mixed Reactions to Pope's Resignationi
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February 11, 2013 7:32 PM
Pope Benedict XVI says he will resign on Feb. 28. The 85-year-old pontiff announced his decision Monday during a meeting of cardinals. Pope Benedict is the first pope to resign in nearly 600 years. The news took many Catholics in the United States by surprise. VOA's Chris Simkins has more on the story.

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