One of Tucson's largest catholic high schools is putting aside their normal curriculum to explain the unexpected move by Pope Benedict XVI who is calling it quits after almost a decade.
Students are turning to prayer after the spiritual leader of more than a billion Catholics announced he is stepping down.
School leaders answered questions from students all afternoon on Monday after the historic news broke.
Pope Benedict's decision to call it quits after eight years because of health reasons.
It's the first time in 600 years a bishop has resigned.
Many students were inquisitive asking questions like 'whether there would be an interim pope?' That answer is no.
"It struck me hard. And then we prayed for the pope in all the classes since then and the good health of the church also," said Sister Laura Coughlin of Salpointe High School. "I think it's a major change."
The pope's resignation is official on February 28th.
The last pope to step down was Pope Gregory XII in 1415. He did so to end a civil war within the church in over multiple people were claiming to be the pope.
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