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February 11th, 2013
05:37 PM ET

Pope resigning: what it means

By Jim Roope, CNN

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(CNN) – For the first time in 600 years, a pope is retiring. Pope Benedict XVI says at the age of 85 he just simply doesn’t have the energy to lead the flock. What does this mean for the Church?

[:33] “You have an opportunity for new blood to come in, new thinking, new ways of looking at how the church can be relevant in the modern world.”

Father John Murray, of St. Francis in Los Angeles, has been a priest for 50 years, through four popes. He says the Church must be brought into the context of today’s times with all the issues and concerns of Catholics today instead of trying to put today’s times into the context of the Church.

He prays that the new pope will have a forward-thinking world vision that will be able to do that.

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