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Pontiff ’s decision to resign stuns many of faithful

The faithful — about 10 strong — trudged through snowy streets early Monday to attend Mass at the Cathedral of the Holy Cross in Boston’s South End. They came knowing that the global leader of their church, Pope Benedict XVI, had announced he was stepping down.

“I trust his judgment, that it’s the sensible and right thing to do,” 73-year-old George Crombie said. “The big issue is what kind of replacement are we going to get. It could be anybody. It’s worrisome because it’s important to get the right cardinal to lead the church. This caught me completely by shock.”

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