Pope http://peoriapublicradio.org en Springfield's bishop reacts to papal announcement http://peoriapublicradio.org/post/springfields-bishop-reacts-papal-announcement <p></p><p></p><p></p><p></p><div>In the wake of Pope Benedict XVI's announcement of his resignation, Springfield’s Bishop says the next pope should be a "thinker" who can reach out to other religions and non-believers. &nbsp;Bishop Thomas John Paprocki says Benedict excelled at that.</div><div>Paprocki says he’s not surprised Benedict stepped down, given what he calls the pope’s declining health and advanced age. Benedict was 78 when he was elected pope in 2005, one of the oldest in history. &nbsp;Paprocki says he expects the next pope will be younger.</div> Mon, 11 Feb 2013 22:03:39 +0000 Alex Rusciano 825 at http://peoriapublicradio.org Springfield's bishop reacts to papal announcement