WASHINGTON (AP) - The Roman Catholic archbishop of Washington says the next pope will need "a certain level of energy" to travel around the world and be physically present to tend to the faithful.
Cardinal Donald Wuerl said at a news conference Monday that he was shocked by Pope Benedict XVI's decision to resign. But he said it was a sign of the pope's humility and love for the church that he concluded he was no longer able to perform his duties.
Wuerl declined to speculate on whether the cardinals might choose a younger or non-European pope, but he said age would be considered. He says the church needs a pope "whose physical energy would allow him to travel."
He says Benedict appeared physically and mentally fit when he last saw him.