Benedict XVI has returned to the Vatican for the first time since he resigned Feb. 28 and met with successor Pope Francis.
CLEVELAND - A large number of faithful turned out for Thursday's noon Mass of Thanksgiving for Pope Benedict XVI at St. John Cathedral in downtown Cleveland.
While Catholics around the world watched newscasts of the Pope's historic retirement, Cleveland Bishop Richard Lennon applauded 85-year-old Pope Benedict for candidly admitting his strengths and limitations to the world.
"What an example of honesty what a wonderful example of acknowledging what is greater than ones self," said Lennon.
"He is doing a very humble thing in knowing that his health…and he can't do what a pope is called to do, so I think he's being a very humble man," said Christie Fleming, who attended the noon Mass in downtown Cleveland.
Church leaders credit the Pope for signing off on re-opening some closed Cleveland churches.
Others at Thursday's mass in Cleveland said bringing more Catholics who left the church back into the fold will be one of the new Pope's top goals.
Pope Francis put his humility on display during his first day as pontiff Thursday, stopping by his hotel to pick up his luggage and pay the bill himself.
Cleveland Bishop Richard Lennon and other area leaders react to the election of Pope Francis I.
Latin Americans are reacting with joy to news of the first pope from the hemisphere, bursting into tears and cheers.
Pope Francis is the first ever from the Americas, an austere Jesuit intellectual who modernized Argentina's conservative Catholic church.
Jorge Bergoglio of Argentina was elected pope Wednesday and chose the name Francis, becoming the first pontiff from the Americas and the first from outside Europe in more than a millennium.
Check out a live video feed showing the celebration over white smoke at the Sistine Chapel as cardinals chose a new pope.
After raising eyebrows by going to North Korea, former U.S. basketball star Dennis Rodman is continuing his bizarre global tour by visiting Rome -- purportedly to help Ghanaian Cardinal Peter Turkson become the first black pope.
Catholic parishes throughout the Diocese of Cleveland are holding special services as cardinals in Rome begin the process of electing a new pope.
Black smoke has poured from the Sistine Chapel chimney, signaling that cardinals have failed to elect a pope on their first try.