Vatican Pope Resigns

Shock waves are felt throughout the Catholic Church as people learn Pope Benedict XVI will be resigning at the end of the month.

FOX News Radio's Jennifer Keiper reports from Chicago:

When Audrey Schweitzer, in the Twin Cities, heard the news about Pope Benedict XVI's resignation...

(Schweitzer) "I could hardly believe it because I didn't think that was possible."

A Pope hasn't resigned in nearly 600 years.

It was mentioned during early mass here in Chicago at Holy Name Cathedral where one parishioner says...

(Chicago Parishioner) "If you want to look on the positive side perhaps you want someone who is dedicated to changing the Catholic Church and if he felt like he couldn't do that and set it in the right direction then maybe it wasn't the job for him."

Chicago parishioners say they're praying for the Pope.

In Chicago, Jennifer Keiper, FOX News Radio.

Barack Obama, Pope Benedict XVI, Michelle Obama

President Obama pontificates on the departure of the current pontiff.

FOX News Radio's Mike Majchrowitz reports from the White House:

In a brief paper statement, President Obama said he and first lady Michelle extend their appreciation and prayers to Pope Benedict. The President saying he warmly remembers meeting with the Pope in 2009 and says he appreciated their work together over the last four years. He goes on to say the Church plays a critical role in the U.S. and the world and he wished the best to the Cardinals would would be choosing his successor.

At the White House, Mike Majchrowitz, FOX News Radio.

READ a statement from President Barack Obama on Pope Benedict XVI's resignation announcement:

"On behalf of Americans everywhere, Michelle and I wish to extend our appreciation and prayers to His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI. Michelle and I warmly remember our meeting with the Holy Father in 2009, and I have appreciated our work together over these last four years.   The Church plays a critical role in the United States and the world, and I wish the best to those who will soon gather to choose His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI's successor."

Vatican Pope Resigns

Pope Benedict is being praised in Israel. The Jewish State's Chief Rabbi says under his watch relations have never been better.

FOX News Radio's Emily Wither has more from Jerusalem:

Here in Israel the Chief Rabbi Yona Metzger says he wishes the Pope good health and long days.

Metzger hoping the good relationship between Jews and Catholics will continue with the Vatican, saying relations have never been better. He also praised the Pope for this inter-religious outreach saying Benedict XVI deserves credit for advancing links around the world between Judaism, Christianity and Islam.

The Pope was last here in the Holy Land in summer of 2009.

In Jerusalem, Emily Wither, Fox News Radio

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