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    Posted February 11, 2013 by
    Murdock, Minnesota
    This iReport is part of an assignment:
    Catholics: Your views on new pope

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    Pope's resignation a selfless act


    CNN PRODUCER NOTE     Long time iReporter and Catholic JannetWalsh says the Pope has committed a "selfless act" in resigning and should be applauded. "The Pope did not want to stay in power [if] unable to carry out his duties," she says. Now, she adds, opportunities open up for a Pope from other continents such as Latin America. "I look forward to seeing who will be the next Pope," she said. "
    - sarahbrowngb, CNN iReport producer

    I think Pope Benedict's resignation is a selfless act.


    There will be many people commenting in the next several days about the resignation of the Pope, but I think the most important point is the resignation was a selfless act, meaning the Pope did not want to stay in power when he is unable to carry out his duties.


    I am Catholic, and it is because of the Catholic faith of my family I am living in the United States as the Catholic church helped relocate many of my ancestors. They were part of a Catholic colony in Minnesota in the late 1800s in rural Minnesota, mainly poor Irish Catholics. In Minnesota history, Bishop John Ireland helped establish a farming community I now live in today.


    It will be exciting as a Catholic to see who will be selected as a Pope. The Catholic Church is growing in Africa and Latin American, but I think it would be great to see an American as the next pope.

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