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by on February 11, 2013

Originally posted on CBS Chicago:

CHICAGO (CBS) – Pope Benedict XVI’s decision to step down has surprised many Catholics around the world, including church leadership in Chicago.

Chicago Archdiocese representatives told CBS 2 Chief Correspondent Jay Levine they were not given any advance warning of the pope’s resignation, even though Cardinal Francis George was in the Vatican for meetings last week.

The archdiocese was not informed of the pope’s plan to resign until early Monday, when it was publicly announced.

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In a written statement, Cardinal Francis George said, “Pope Benedict XVI has, in all circumstances, placed the will of God for the good of the Church before every other consideration. That same resoluteness of purpose speaks in his statement announcing his resignation from the Chair of Peter.

“He has taught with clarity and charity what God has revealed to the world in Christ; he has handed on the apostolic faith…

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