Cardinal Donald Wuerl spoke at the Mass in Washington to thank Pope Benedict for leading, teaching and inspiring Catholics around the world.
Wuerl is now on his way to Italy where he will take part in the conclave and in the selection of the next Pope.
Wuerl had the same reaction as many Catholics did to the Pope's resignation. He expressed that he believes the Pope's decision shows a deep humility.
WTOP's Andrew Mollenbeck contributed to this report.
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