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The Rev. Martin Matthew Ruane leads his congregation during in prayer during a healing Mass at St. Peter’s Catholic Church on Friday. Staff photos / Galen Holley
 
One of the beautiful stained-glass windows in St. Peter’s Catholic Church depicts Christ as a child with St. Joseph.
 
By GALEN HOLLEY
Staff Writer

   The legacy of Pope Benedict XVI will be as an extraordinary man who was humble enough to step aside when the time came, according to a local Catholics.
   “The impression I have of the Holy Father, first and foremost, is one of tremendous humility,” said the Rev. Martin Matthew Ruane, pastor of St. Peter’s Catholic Church in Grenada.
   “I think he did the correct thing, and I know his body is wearing out. It had to be a hard thing for him to step aside,” said Harvey Caldwell, a member of St. Peter’s and it’s fraternal service organization, the Knights of Columbus.
   “He was a tremendous leader, a man of prayer and learning and a fine example for Catholics and all people of faith,” said St. Peter’s member and Ward Seven Councilman Ron Merriman.
   “He has so much on him, the millions of Catholics he oversees, and I think he made the right choice,” said St. Peter’s member Dolly Marascalco.
   Benedict, now officially Pope Emeritus, officially left office Thursday. The 85-year-old pontiff cited his age and weakened condition as reasons why  he could no longer perform the duties of his office. He is the first pope to step down in 600 years.

   For complete details, read the print edition or subscribe to the online edition of the GrenadaStar.


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