Area Catholics praise outgoing pope, look ahead

Conclave to select successor to convene soon

By JACK PALMER Published:

Eight years ago, the bells of hope for the future of the Roman Catholic Church rang loudly around the globe with the selection of Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger of Germany as the new holy father. Following the historic resignation of the former Ratzinger, who became Pope Benedict XVI, the imminent election of a new pope emits equally hopeful feelings for area Catholics.