Reaction to New Pope

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.

East Lansing Catholics react to pope’s resignation

By Erin Smith
Entirely East Lansing staff writer

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.