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Feb 11, 2013 9:38 AM by Swetha Iyengar

Bishop Gerald Kicanas on Pope Benedict XVI's resignation: "I heard about it when you called."

TUCSON - It was news that surprised people around the world this morning, Pope Benedict XVI announcing he is stepping down, effective February 28th.

We spoke to Bishop Gerald Kicanas with the Tucson Diocese about what this means for the Roman Catholic community here in Tucson.

Statement by the President on His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI

"On behalf of Americans everywhere, Michelle and I wish to extend our appreciation and prayers to His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI. Michelle and I warmly remember our meeting with the Holy Father in 2009, and I have appreciated our work together over these last four years. The Church plays a critical role in the United States and the world, and I wish the best to those who will soon gather to choose His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI's successor."

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