|Pope Benedict XVI and Bishop Kieran during his Ad Limina viist |
Bishop Kieran said: "I was at a church in Merstham, Surrey just after the news of Pope Benedict's resignation was released, and I know that parishioners were genuinely sad to hear the news.
I think that the pope's visit to this country in 2010 particularly endeared him to us all, and it is sad to think that his health is such that he feels he can't carry on serving as the successor of St Peter. At the same time I think we all admire his courage as the only pope in memory to resign from office.
I am sure that we all wish him well when he does finally step down, and pray that the Lord will preserve him for some years still and give him health of mind and body. "