SAN DIEGO (CNS) - The head of San Diego's Catholic church said Monday the resignation of Pope Benedict XVI "surprised all of us, but not completely."
Robert Brom, bishop of the San Diego Diocese, said he joins Pope Benedict in asking for prayers for the cardinals who will be tasked with choosing a successor.
The 85-year-old pontiff announced at a meeting of cardinals at the Vatican that he would step down as leader of the Roman Catholic Church on Feb. 28, citing his advanced age and declining strength. He's the first pope to resign from office in about 600 years.
"From the beginning of his pontificate in 2005, Pope Benedict has quietly indicated on occasion that he would resign if the time should come that he did not have the strength to fulfill the duties required of him as the successor of Peter," Brom said in a statement.
The bishop said the church has been blessed for eight years with a "gifted theologian, a man in love with the Lord, and a selfless servant of the church and the world."
The 265th pontiff has been reducing his workload recently and was reportedly advised to avoid taking any more transatlantic trips.
The Vatican's communications adviser said it's hoped that a new leader for the church will be selected in time for Easter services.
As part of its ongoing efforts to improve pedestrian safety in Spring Valley, the California Highway Patrol will be conducting a pedestrian safety enforcement operation that will focus on motorists and pedestrians who fail to yield the right-of-way or who take unsafe and illegal actions.
A 21-year-old woman was found dead in her bedroom Saturday night and San Diego Police suspect foul play. The victim's family made the discovery just after 5 p.m. at their home in the 3600 block of 45th street in City Heights.
An immigrant who once bundled ink-fresh newspapers at a newspaper printing press took control of the San Diego Union-Tribune Sunday, and promised in a letter to readers to fight fake news as if it were cancer.
It's a zero-tolerance immigration policy that's sparked outrage from many democrats and other critics, children pulled away from their parents. This comes as House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi heads to the border Monday for a first-hand look at the controversial child detention centers.
Temperatures will rise this week as high pressure strengthens. Marine layer clouds will become less extensive and clear faster due to a shallower marine layer.
President Trump's zero-tolerance policy on immigration continues to spark outrage. Specifically, there's growing concern over officials separating children from their parents at the border.
Sunday marked day four of action at the World Cup; and it featured a huge upset that had hundreds of people dancing in the South Bay streets. Mexico took down the defending world champions Germany and local fans had a great time celebrating.
Chula Vista Police on Sunday were trying to determine how a man's body ended up in the middle of the street. Someone first spotted him early in the morning in the westbound lanes of Buena Vista Way near Rancho Del Rey Parkway.