This is a statement from the Office of the Archbishop of Milwaukee Jerome E. Listecki on the resignation of Pope Benedict XVI.
"I have feelings of both great joy and great sadness as I learn of the Holy Father's resignation announcement today, effective February 28, 2013.
"Joy, because he will have the opportunity to enjoy some personal time in his golden years. Sadness, because we will miss his holy, evangelical work.
"Pope Benedict XVI is a true servant of Jesus Christ, a phenomenal leader, and his inspiration reaches across multiple generations. I am proud to know him and that I have had the opportunity to serve Christ's people with him. God Bless him in his days ahead. Let us all pray for the members of the College of Cardinals as the Holy Spirit guides them as they are involved with the process of selecting Pope Benedict's successor."