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Sioux City Bishop Nickless issues statement on Pope's resignation

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SIOUX CITY, Iowa (KTIV) -

From the Sioux City Catholic Diocese and Bishop R. Walker Nickless:

Monday morning's announcement by His Holiness, Pope Benedict XVI, of his resignation of the office of Successor of Peter and Bishop of Rome, shocked and surprised me.  Yet I am sure that God's perfect plan for His Church and the salvation of souls is being followed, and that "all things work for the good of those who love Him."

Since Pope Benedict named me to be the seventh Bishop of Sioux City in November 2005, I have had several opportunities to meet with him, most recently last March, with other Bishops from the United States for an official visit to report on our Dioceses.

I admire our Holy Father greatly for his constant, strong, and courageous leadership of the Church in these troubled times.  He has been the right man at the right time for a most difficult job in the Church and in the world.  His love for the Church, and for the poor, is always evident in his ministry, and his pastoral example has always inspired me – as it has so many bishops, priests, religious, and laity – to strive more fully to imitate the perfect example of our Lord Jesus Christ, and to embrace my vocation with a heart on fire with love. 

Along with all the faithful of the Diocese of Sioux City, I offer the Holy Father my unqualified support and obedience, and I join the whole Church in praying for him, for the College of Cardinals, and for his successor.

 

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