Local priests react to resignation of Benedict XVI

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EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (WEAU) - Two area priests say Benedict the 16th will be missed.

Pope Benedict XVI retired Thursday. Now that he is Pope Emeritus, the leadership position of the Roman Catholic Church is left vacant.

Now, Father John Schultz of St. James the Greater Church in Eau Claire says the next step will be left in the hands of God.

“I think today is just, for me, a day of humbleness, of prayerfulness,” Schultz said. “I don't want to make too much of it, but at the same time I'm proud he is doing what he's doing.”

“I will miss his homilies, his writing, and speeches,” Father Derek Sakowski of St. Mary’s Church in Altoona and St. Raymond’s Parish in Fall Creek. “He had such a way with words, such a theologian, such a brilliant mind. God knows best who will lead the church well, and we invite the Holy Spirit to guide the church at this time and bless us with a good Pope.”

Benedict is the first pope to use social media. In his final tweet, he said "Thank you for your love and support --- may you always experience the joy that comes from putting Christ at the centre of your lives." Since then, his twitter account "Pontifex" now reads "sede vacante,” which is Latin for "seat vacant."

The account will remain inactive until offered to a new Pope.

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