News of the pope's resignation has taken even local Catholic leaders by surprise. Pope Benedict the 16th is stepping down after eight years.
first time in 600 years a pope has resigned the papacy. The 85-year-old pontiff made the announcement
during a meeting of Vatican cardinals this morning, citing health reasons.
Diocese of Shreveport Bishop Michael Duca says the announcement came out of nowhere.
Bishop Duca believes the pope is setting a great example. He thinks its selfless for the pontiff to step down when health reasons limit his ability to serve.