Local Catholics take pope's resignation in stride

Published: Monday, February 18, 2013 at 09:30 AM.

Cayer said he advised his congregation to be prayerful as the process takes its course.

"I think the best approach to this whole process is to remain rooted in prayer and ask the Holy Spirit to guide his church," he said. "Once we do that, it will cast out any fear."

Almasaid she and her family — including her parents Richard and Maria, brothers Jason and Derrick, and sister Yvonne — have kept the pope and their church in their prayers.

"We definitely include him in our prayers because he's the high figure in our belief," Alma said. "I hope he's doing well and that he made the right decision."

As for Benedict's successor, Cayer joked, "I put my application in and am waiting for them to receive it.

"The Holy Spirit can land on anyone."

Contact News Bulletin Staff Writer Brian Hughes at 850-682-6524 or brianh@crestviewbulletin.com. Follow him on Twitter @cnbBrian.

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