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At Sisters of St. Francis in Toledo the general response is shock, but Sister Mary Jon Wagner says she think the announcement shows great leadership from Pope Benedict by recognizing he could no longer due the job because of his health.

Sister Wagner got the news of the pope's resignation early Monday morning. This week begins the Lenten season, and, with the pope expected to step down at the end of the month, a new pope will be appointed before Easter.

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