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Catholics voice surprise over pope's resignation

Father Michael Hogan presides over mass at St. Joseph's Church in Schenectady on the day of the Pope's resignation announcement.
Father Michael Hogan presides over mass at St. Joseph's Church in Schenectady on the day of the Pope's resignation announcement.
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When the Rev. Michael Hogan asked for intercessions during Monday’s noontime service at St. Joseph’s Church, Frank Citone spoke first. Citone asked people to pray for Pope Benedict XVI, who earlier Monday informed Vatican cardinals of his decision to resign the papacy. “It was definitely a surprise for all of us,” said Citone, 48, of Glenville, after the Mass inside the downtown Schenectady church had concluded. “He was very humble, very conservative and very traditional.” ...


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ajdjr73
February 12, 2013
11:27 a.m.

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Additional information will be forthcoming. The Pope has had a heart pacemaker for some time and it was just revealed that the battery for that pacemaker was secretly {not publicly acknowledged] replaced recently. I'm not sure what is involved with doing that to a pacemaker but a weakened biological heart does drain one's energy. I am sure his spiritual heart is intact.

rsmall803
February 12, 2013
12:20 p.m.

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it's about age and it's physical limitations. it's a good move for the catholic church. More Popes' should have that courage considering their advanced ages'.

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