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.
The Pope says he's willing to create commission to study whether women can serve as deacons in the Catholic Church.
The pope says it wasn't evidence that he was getting mixed up in American politics.
Pope Francis denounced all religiously inspired violence during a visit to Rome's main synagogue Sunday.
The Vatican says it has arrested a monsignor and a woman in the latest probe of leaks of confidential documents at the Holy See.