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Yesterday was -- -- today is Ash Wednesday the first day of land -- earlier this morning Pope Benedict the sixteenth held a service this is his first public appearance since announcing.
He's going to resign at the end of this month.
Fox News religion correspondent and contributor Father Jonathan Morris -- like wanted blessed Ash Wednesday thank you very much father.
You were with us the morning -- to mornings ago when it was discovered that he was going to retire since then we've we've got a little more news -- that is that apparently.
The holy father had.
Some sort of part replaced on his pacemaker.
That's right they say -- years ago he had -- a pacemaker put in.
About a month or so ago he had or a couple of months ago he had the pace maker battery.
Replaced I think it's pretty normal thing I think the big news here Steve is that.
While many people were saying there must be something else behind the -- thirty can't be can't be that he's actually.
I'm resigning on his own free will for the sake of the church right turns out.
It looks like it's the case should it certainly does health reasons those who live pictures.
Saint Peter's Square in Vatican City where -- used to work.
And -- a number of years.
I know he still leave the Pope until the end of the month they would like a new Pope.
By Easter which is 46 days from right now -- -- -- a list of some of the top contenders and I don't -- and analyze all of them but just how is generally.
You know a lot of Americans don't like you we have an American church we can't we have an American but we can we don't know if you will we -- There are 117.
Cardinals that will be voting in this conclave 117.
All cardinals were under the age of eighty.
It could be any one of them.
Very few people -- Cardinal Ratzinger the time and nobody -- John Paul the second that's right up because today is Ash Wednesday there are a lot of people looking in who may be unfamiliar with went.
What is -- -- -- the time -- preparation for Easter we think of how much.
Goes into preparation for the Super Bowl we had for days and people getting ready talking -- the best food and all the rest or public getting ready for a wedding.
How much does a bride or groom and put into getting ready for wedding charities or forty days plus six Sunday's.
46 -- and preparation for Easter getting our mind body and spirit.
In order ever since I was a little boy and I remember that the sisters said okay.
Stephen at the entire class you're gonna have to give up something for -- that that is a custom.
Where if you're between the ages of what about fifteen and sixteen year -- -- -- -- that's right but you know it's not just about giving something up.
This year I've put them on my own website father Jonathan dot com an explanation of what we can call linked challenge 2013.
-- what to do and both mind in mind.
Body and -- giving up something but then adding something Doug -- is how do I get myself ready for the great celebration of Easter and how to people find that.
-- father Jonathan dot com I'm also going to be.
-- updates every day and FaceBook and Twitter to intrusion myself and others how to live this time whether you're Catholic or another Christian denomination.
I'm or if you just want to use this season taking more intensely get your soul mind and body in order bars and father Jonathan thank you think Steve -- -- Ash Wednesday a pleasure.
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