NEW YORK (AP) — Worshippers at New York’s St. Patrick Cathedral are among those surprised to hear that the pope plans to resign later this month.
They included a visiting Connecticut firefighter, Walter Jablonski. He saw the news online. Before that, he didn’t think a pope could resign.
Jablonski thinks Benedict XVI (the 16th) is a good pope. But he liked Benedict’s predecessor, John Paul II, even more.
He described John Paul as more a ‘‘people person.’’
Another worshipper, Juan Carlos Lombera, says he viewed Benedict more as ‘‘a transition pope.’’ He said the 85-year-old pope was already old when he was elected at age 78.
Benedict announced Monday that he'll resign Feb. 28 because he’s simply too infirm to carry on.