Pope's resignation leaves St. Cloud diocese waiting, wondering


The Diocese of St. Cloud is one of eight in the nation awaiting a new leader to be appointed by Pope Benedict XVI, so the pontiff's announcement of his Feb. 28 resignation has prompted a number of questions, the Star Tribune reports.

Officials with Minnesota's second-largest Catholic diocese said they have not heard from the Vatican about whether Pope Benedict plans to appoint a successor for Bishop John Kinney in the next few weeks.

If a new bishop isn’t named before Pope Benedict's resignation becomes official, there’s no way to know how long it will be, Jane Marrin, communications consultant for the diocese, told the St. Cloud Times.

Kinney told the newspaper he had prayed for the pope's health just a day before the announcement. Kinney has talked publicly about his struggle with Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease, which affects the body’s peripheral nerves, the newspaper reports.

“From my own personal experience of diminishment, I fully understand his decision and applaud his courage in making it,” Kinney told the newspaper.

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