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Some people discover pope announcement during Charleston mass

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When news broke from the Vatican that Pope Benedict XVI would resign at the end of the month, many people were on their way to morning mass.

Sacred Heart went on with its regularly scheduled mass at 8 a.m., lead by Monsignor Edward Sadie. Sadie offered up prayers at the beginning of the service for the pope and new change in leadership.

"Pope Benedict has been a tremendous leader; a great theological mind, a very saintly man," Sadie said.

There were mixed emotions as Sadie announced the news before a room of more than two dozen people.

"I'm kind of shocked by it, because it's just not something you normally see. Catholics have a tradition of that kind of leadership, and that's certainly something they want to stay with," Mr. Edwards said.

Other people wondered why the announcement came on this particular day.

"I don't know what effect it'll have on anything. I don't know why he did it. So, there's still a lot of questions out there," said Tony DeMeo.

Sadie said while the church will go on, this change in leadership is something Catholics haven't seen in years.

"It'll be interesting to see how the cardinals decide on his successor. There's been a lot of interest in the next pope," Sadie said.

The new shake-up at the Vatican is something the entire world will follow in the coming weeks. However, some Catholics said they will continue to keep their focus on their faith and not the news.

"Your faith is your faith and it doesn't matter who the pope is. I think you just have to move forward," DeMeo said.

The College of Cardinals will elect a new pope in March.