Bishop David J. Malloy released the following statement on the resignation of Pope Benedict XVI:
"Our Holy Father Pope Benedict XVI, in great humility and concern for the church he shepherds, has announced his resignation. I feel a particular closeness to the Holy Father Pope Benedict XVI on several accounts.
First, as General Secretary of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, I had the privilege to meet him on several occasions during trips to Rome with the USCCB President and other representatives of the conference. The pope's gestures of kindness and priestly virtue were always a most striking characteristic of his personality.
Second, I am particularly grateful, and feel a deep personal attachment, to our Holy Father for appointing me as the ninth Bishop of the Diocese of Rockford.
He will leave a lasting imprint for all of us in many ways but especially for his dedication and fidelity to the teachings of Christ and the Catholic Church and his care and concern for the poor as shown in his Encyclicals.
Guided by the Holy Father's kindness and humility, we join together in praying that our Lord continue to bless the Holy Father with strength. We pray for our church, our world and all those who will choose his successor. "
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