Bishop Robert E. Guglielomone of the Diocese of Charleston has issued a statement in support of Pope Benedict XVI, who announced his resignation today.
"Pope Benedict XVI spent his papacy sharing his love of God and love of Church with the Catholic Faithful around the world," the statement read. "His resignation today is an outward sign of that love. On behalf of the Diocese of Charleston, I wish to thank Pope Benedict for his (eight) years of leadership as Shepherd of the Catholic Church."
Guglielomone said he was part of a group that met with Benedict in May and discussed the growth of the Province of Atlanta and social media.
"During the meeting, Pope Benedict seemed physically tired; he wore the expression of an 85-year-old man dealing with his age," the statement said. "However, he was emotionally animated especially when the conversation shifted to the use of technology."
The Diocese of Charleston comprises the entire state of South Carolina, with Charleston as the See city.
Benedict appointed Guglielomone bishop of the diocese in 2009, and he said it has been "a privilege and an honor" to serve. Leaders from Lowcountry parishes deferred comments to the bishop Monday.
"During this time of transition, I ask for your prayers for Pope Benedict XVI and for the worldwide Church. I also ask you to pray that the Holy Spirit imparts wisdom on the College of Cardinals as it meets in the coming weeks to elect a new Pope," Guglielomone’s statement said.
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