Students at Holy Cross School in Omaha have been following events in Rome as Pope Benedict prepares to retire. Channel 6 News asked four eighth-grade students for their thoughts on changes at the Vatican.
"It's a great blessing to be able to see the pope retire as opposed to the other way it happens and it probably won't happen again in my lifetime or even in my kids' lifetime, so it will definitely be a story I'll be able to tell," said William Donlan.
Andrew Houston has hope for the next pontiff. "It's a once in a lifetime chance and it probably won't happen again in my lifetime and so it's gonna be a real big change and I hope that the next pope is a good leader."
Kinley Holm sees the opportunity to watch history as a blessing. "I think it's pretty amazing and we're all pretty blessed about this moment because it's probably something that will never happen ever again, maybe in another 700 years, so it's pretty cool that I get to experience this in my lifetime."
Principal Chris Nelson is taking both a practical and spiritual view of things. "It is both a teaching moment and a prayerful moment. We can teach our kids about the process of determining a new pope, the conclave, but also it's a great opportunity for us as faithful to pray for our Cardinals."
Pope Benedict will keep his name in retirement. His title will be "pope emeritus."