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Siouxland students honor Pope at mass

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SIOUX CITY, Iowa (KTIV) -

People around the world are reflecting on Benedict's nearly eight years as Pontiff.

Wednesday night, the Cathedral of the Epiphany in downtown Sioux City held a special mass to celebrate Pope Benedict's leadership of the church.

Some here say they're sad to see the Pope step down from his role, but understand the reasons why. They say he took care of the church.

"With all the pressure, with all the temptations, with all the things that surround us, and he's steadfastly spoke the truth and did what was right and that's inspiration for me to do the same," said Father William Vit, Rector of the Cathedral.

The Cathedral's youth group came up with the idea for this farewell mass for the Pope, and even took on extra roles for this special celebration.

The youth group leader says he and the young people here have learned a lot from Benedict's teachings about catholic church's traditions.

"I never quite understood why do we have Latin, why do we chant, why do some churches have the priest facing the same direction as the people, or communion on the tongue. It didn't make sense, and then you read his writings and you know a lot of people say he's the top intellectual in the modern world, and to have him as pope," said Brandon Harvey, youth group leader.

Those here say Pope Benedict will be known for his steps to begin the healing process from sex abuse, his humility, and his ability to reach out to other Christians around the world.

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