Luanda — The Angolan central Benguela province diocese bishop, Eugénio Del Corso, said Monday in Luanda that Pope Benedict XVI has had an attitude of honesty and courage by resigning from the leadership of the Catholic church.
"It was a surprise for everyone, a surprise that for sure was being prepared for long time by Pope Benedict XVI", said Eugénio Del Corso, during an interview.
The prelate told Angop the decision made by Benedict XVI is admirable as it is a move of humbleness and courage.
He added that in resigning from the leadership of one of the authorities of the spiritual and human world, the Pope has had a motive of great honesty.
According to the priest, the Pope meditated, assessed and made the decision which, to him, is a great surprise that increased his esteem and admiration for his figure.
As to the church, he said the mission will continue on the path of spreading the gospel to the faithful.
"The Catholic church will continue normally. There will be not break, because we will continue our mission," he stated.
"The cardinals in Rome will elect a new Pope in March this year to continue with the works of the Catholic church," said Eugénio Del Corso.
At 85, Pope Benedict XVI resigned on Monday the term he took up on 19 April 2005, on grounds of lack of strength to continue doing the job.