Updated: Thursday, 28 Feb 2013, 7:44 AM CST
Published : Thursday, 28 Feb 2013, 7:44 AM CST
This from the Philippines, an Asian nation where more than 75 million people in the population of 94 million are Roman Catholic:
Romeo Mercardo, a 45-year-old tricycle driver in front of Manila's Santa Ana Church, says he's saddened by Pope Benedict's resignation. "''I think he ran the church well. From what I see even here in our parish . you can see a lot of people going to Mass. People would go to church as early as Saturday, and on Sundays the church is packed," Mercardo says.
The historic church dating back to the Spanish colonial era held no special Masses today for Benedict, but many Filipinos followed the news from the Vatican on the radio and TV.
—Eden Mendez, 23, a saleswoman in a clothing store: "It's sad that he has to go. I hope whoever will replace him will also work like him. He did well for the church."
—Fortunato Vendivel, a professor at Philippine Normal University: "My wish for him is to get well because he looks really ill, and I think he badly needs to rest."
— Teresa Cerojano — Twitter http://twitter.com/mtmanila
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