Locals weigh in on Pope's final farewell

Pope Resigning
Posted at 7:38 PM, Feb 28, 2013
and last updated 2013-02-28 16:27:34-05

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL)--The pope is saying his final goodbyes after 8 years of service.

Inside of the Florida Catholic Conference's conference room, a picture of now Pope Emeritus Benedict with Florida bishops taken in Rome.

It was a historical decision he made the first time in some 600 years a pope has stepped down.

Michael Sheedy with the Florida Catholic Conference says during the 8 years benedict served many people have come to love him and appreciate him.

"He leaves a great legacy and we're going to miss that but we also have a certain expectation that the college of cardinals will elect a great successor and we'll go forward," said Sheedy.

Sheedy says they're looking forward to seeing who the next pope will be. He says he hopes the person will be a man of deep prayer like Pope Benedict XVI.