The world's one billion Catholics were stunned Monday by the news that Pope Benedict the XVI was stepping down from the papacy.
Here in Lexington the local Diocese was just as shocked by the news. They say there was always speculation because Pope Benedict was 85, the oldest pope ever chosen, but the news was surprise to all.
Fr. Richard Watson from Cathedral of Christ the King says he say the Pope twice, once a few years back and again in November. He says he could see a significant decline in the Pope's health from the first time to the second.
The College of Cardinals will now pick the next Pope.
New York Cardinal Timothy Dolan's name has been mentioned as a potential candidate, but many in the church feel a Pope should NOT come from one of the world's "superpowers."