Pope Benedict XVI resignation shocks Treasure Valley residents

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FILE - In this Thursday, Dec. 25, 2008, file photo, Pope Benedict XVI holds the pastoral staff as he celebrates Christmas midnight Mass in St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia, File)

BOISE, Idaho (KBOI) - Many people all over Boise were stunned when they heard the news that Pope Benedict was stepping down.

"I thought it was odd because I really hadn't heard anything going on about it and normally the Pope usually passes away in office," said Nampa resident, Sharky Jacaway.

"I read it's the first time in 500 years that someone has stepped down from that position as opposed to dying in office," said Boise resident Joe Filictti.

Pope Benedict leaving has confused many people and left guessing why.

"There's a tremendous amount of turmoil and social cultures right now and so I wonder if the pressures of modern culture and the deep tradition of religion and the Catholic faith might have something to do with it," said Troy Wheeler, another Boise resident.

"I know there had been sexual scandals and things in the church over the last number of years, I don't know if that's what it's really about," said Filictti.

"Usually when the Pope's deathly ill or whatever, you hear about it weeks in advance, so apparently he's kept it under wraps," said Jacaway.

Although the Pope isn't stepping down until the end of the month, folks KBOI spoke with are looking into the future with optimism.

"I'm hoping that his replacement will be more LGBT friendly because the Pope had a pretty hard line stand against LGBT," said Jacaway.

The Vatican hopes to select a new Pope by the beginning of March.