Each Friday during Lent, the Mason Knights of Columbus Council #9182 hosts a fish fry at St. James Catholic Church. Per tradition, practicing Catholics make sacrifices during Lent and abstain from eating meat on Friday as a reminder of Jesus’ crucifixion. “We remember the 40 days when Jesus was in the desert,” said Father Kusitino Cobona, the pastor at St. James.
Father Anthony Strouse and others from the St. John’s Student Center reflect on their anticipation of the announcement and share their reactions to the election of Argentine Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio as Pope.
Something that hasn’t happened for almost 600 years will happen on Feb. 28 — the pope will officially resign. Pope Benedict XVI announced Monday that he was resigning in about two weeks. According to a local diocese director of communication, a Pope hasn’t resigned since the year 1415. Michael Diebold, the director of communication for the diocese of Lansing said it was really unexpected for everyone, even people of the Catholic Church community in Lansing and East Lansing.