Roman Catholic Bishops issued a document on Monday from its assembly in Rome calling for tolerance and understanding.
CLEVELAND - The Bishop is offering mass of Thanksgiving on Thursday at St. John Cathedral as Pope Benedict XVI leaves the Papacy.
The Thanksgiving Mass will be celebrated by Cleveland Catholic Bishop Richard Lennon just two hours before Pope Benedict XVI vacates his role as leader of the Catholic Church.
The mass will be celebrated at noon on Thursday, Feb. 28, in St. John Cathedral located at East 9th and Superior Avenue in downtown Cleveland.
Special prayers will be offered for Pope Benedict.
Bishop Lennon will offer a reflection in his sermon.
At 2 p.m. EST, Pope Benedict will vacate the Papacy after nearly eight years as Pontiff and leader of more than one billion Catholics around the world.
President Barack Obama called himself a "great admirer" of Pope Francis as he sat down at the Vatican Thursday.
Pope Francis' pared down papal wardrobe of sensible black shoes and a white cassock so thin you can see his black trousers.
New surveys commissioned by the Vatican show that the vast majority of Catholics in Germany and Switzerland reject church teaching on contraception, sexual morality, gay unions and divorce, findings remarkable both in their similarity and in the fact that they were even publicized.
Two white doves that were released by children standing alongside Pope Francis as a peace gesture have been attacked by other birds.
A document obtained by The Associated Press on Friday shows Pope Benedict XVI defrocked nearly 400 priests over just two years for molesting children.
Benedict XVI has returned to the Vatican for the first time since he resigned Feb. 28 and met with successor Pope Francis.