It’s official: Pope Benedict XVI is now “Pope Emeritus.”
His holiness officially left his post, the first Pope to do so in nearly 600 years, on Thursday, February 28 — as Cardinals from around the world gather to find a replacement.
Catholics in the city, and Queens, will now wait as a new leader of nearly 1.2 million faithful is selected. One of those in the process, and a potential replacement, is Cardinal Timonthy Dolan.
At Saint Nicholas of Tolentine Parish, in Jamaica, Rev. Anthony Nzegwu prayed for the pope and the church during noon mass today.
“God made it possible for us to witness this historic moment,” he said. “He’s given us the opportunity to pray hard for the church. This is not a time to criticize the church.”