Stockton Diocese Bishop Stephen Blaire praised Pope Benedict XVI for his spiritual leadership and wished him the best in his retirement.
"I join my voice with those of the Catholic people around the world in acknowledging with immense gratitude to God the spiritual leadership of Pope Benedict XVI," Blaire said in a prepared statement. "As the successor of Peter the Apostle, he has served the church as an extraordinary pastor, teacher and witness of the gospel. May God grant him comfort, joy and restful time in his retirement."
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