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Local priest talks about Pope's resignation

Published On: Feb 11 2013 11:47:34 PM EST   Updated On: Feb 12 2013 05:43:45 PM EST
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BRISTOL, Va. -

For the first time in nearly 600 years, a Pope is stepping down from his position. The last Pope to resign was in the year 1415.

Pope Benedict XVI announced his decision Monday morning during a meeting of Vatican Cardinals.

The 85-year-old told the cardinals that he did not feel he could carry on the job because of health conditions.

We talked to a local priest to get his take on the decision. "It was a courageous thing I think.  A difficult decision to make, but one that's certainly allowed within the law of the church to resign like that, but unusual," said Father Kevin Segerblom.

Father Segerblom says he hopes a new Pope will be elected before the holy week, which is the week before Easter.