NEW YORK (CBNewYork) — Now that Pope Benedict XVI has left the Vatican, many Catholics are conflicted over what they want from the next pope.
A special Mass was held when the pope officially stepped down at 2 p.m. local time. Bells tolled and will not ring again until a new pope has been elected.
The faithful gathered for the special Mass, where they offered prayers for the former and future pope.
“This hasn’t happened in 600 years so it’s a big step in the movement of Catholicism forward,” a parishioner from Bridgewater, N.J. told 1010 WINS’ Juliet Papa.