Netizens shocked, saddened by resignation of Pontiff


This April 24, 2005, file photo shows Vatican master of Ceremonies Archbishop Piero Marini, not pictured, adjusting the skullcap of Pope Benedict XVI during his installation Mass in St. Peter’s Square at the Vatican. Netizens expressed their shock and sadness as news broke Monday, Feb. 11, 2013, that Pope Benedict XVI would resign by the end of February, topping the list of trending topics almost immediately. AP PHOTO/PIER PAOLO CITO

MANILA, Philippines—Netizens took to microblogging site Twitter to express their shock and sadness as news broke Monday night that Pope Benedict XVI would resign by the end of February, topping the list of trending topics almost immediately.

As of 7:30 p.m. on Monday, “Pope Benedict XVI” was the top trending topic in the Philippines, while #Pope, Feb. 28, Joseph Ratzinger, Habemus Papam and Pontificado were also among the top trending topics worldwide.

The reactions were a mix of surprise, sadness and hope.

Some users were surprised to learn that resignation was an option for a Pope. Said Twitter user @mblades_ysp: “Odd to hear that the Pope has announced his resignation. Will be waiting to hear who is replacing him.”

Others, like user @mindanaoan, tweeted their sadness: “Pope Benedict XVI’s resignation is not just breaking news. It’s HEARTBREAKING news!”

“It’s sad that Pope Benedict XVI will resign but for sure God has His plans,” added Twitter user @SiKennethPoAko.

Journalist Kara David (@karadavid) also tweeted: “Sad. Pope Benedict is resigning on Feb 28. His writings were enlightening and a great inspiration to many … Thank you Pope Benedict XVI.”

User @franslexic, on the other hand, hoped for a Filipino as the next Pope: “Our Pope will resign this February. Who’s next? Hope Pinoy naman.”

User @wawam expressed the same sentiment: “OMG, Pope Benedict resigns! That gives Cardinal Tagle a chance to be the first Pinoy Pope! Tagle is well-liked at Vatican.”—Inquirer Research

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  • Danyel

    Ang pa- plastic nagmumurahan naman paglabas ng simbahan…..

  • victor1052

    If only terribly corrupt politicians like maceda and enrile would just really resign from politics, the Philippines would be a happier place to live in. Seems like death, not senility, could stop these shameless holdouts from making our lives miserable.

  • frank

    eh bakit sa senate at congress ayaw mgresign?

    • alberto santiago

      Magreresign mga nasa congress at senate??? Hindi naman sanay sa walang pera o kakaunti ang pera ng mga iyan. Ni hindi sanay mag jeep, tricycle at bus ang mga iyan.Ang lalaki yata ng pera na kinikita ng mga iyan mula sa ating mga bulsa ng mamayan. Ikaw ba kung nariyan ka, magreresign ka?

  • Melvin

    E, ayaw na nga ng tao kasi matanda na siya at hindi na kaya ng kanyang katawan na gampanan ang kanyang tungkulin… Ano kayang nakapagtataka, nakakagulat doon sa ginawa ng Papa?

    • Jimenez

      Ngayon ka lang ba pinanganak?

      Ang Pope ay isa sa mga “Most Influential Person” in the world… natural lang na magugulat ang buong mundo!

      Eh yung Founder ng Kulto nyo kaya pag nag-resign, Umaasa ka din ba na magugulat ang buong mundo?? HAHAHA!!!

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