The following is the statement from Cardinal Timothy Dolan, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops and archbishop of New York, Feb. 11, 2013:
The Holy Father brought the tender heart of a pastor, the incisive mind of a scholar and the confidence of a soul united with his God in all he did. His resignation is but another sign of his great care for the Church. We are sad that he will be resigning, but grateful for his eight years of selfless leadership as Successor of St. Peter.
Though 78 when he was elected Pope in 2005, he set out to meet his people — and they were of all faiths — all over the world. He visited the religiously threatened — Jews, Muslims and Christians in...READ MORE