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Md. Catholics Sympathize With Pope's Decision

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HAGERSTOWN, Md. (AP) - Members of the nation's oldest Catholic diocese - the Archdiocese of Baltimore - say they sympathize with Pope Benedict's decision to step down.

The Rev. Jeffrey Dauses of St. Andrew by the Bay in Annapolis said Monday that the 85-year-old pope lacks the stamina for his demanding job.

The Rev. Collin Poston of St. Mary Catholic Church in Hagerstown says he hopes the next pope builds on Benedict's use of a Twitter feed and other technology to reach young people.

St. Mary's parishioner Henry Grosh says Benedict extended an era of international outreach that began with Pope John Paul II.

Bill Collins of Williamsport says Benedict was more passive than John Paul. He says it's time for Benedict to retire.


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