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Leah Johanni, 21, right, of Cleveland, Ohio, a grad student of theology at the university, prays after the conclusion of Mass Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2013 at the Ave Maria Orotory in Ave Maria, Fla. Dozens came out for a noon Mass of Thanksgiving in honor of retiring Pope Benedict XIV. 'It's a change but I definitely trust his decision,' Johanni said. 'I've appreciated all he's done. He wouldn't do anything to harm the church. It's after lots of prayer and contemplation (he's stepping down).'

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Corey Perrine/Staff Leah Johanni, 21, right, of Cleveland, Ohio, a grad student of theology at the university, prays after the conclusion of Mass Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2013 at the Ave Maria Orotory in Ave Maria, Fla. Dozens came out for a noon Mass of Thanksgiving in honor of retiring Pope Benedict XIV. "It's a change but I definitely trust his decision," Johanni said. "I've appreciated all he's done. He wouldn't do anything to harm the church. It's after lots of prayer and contemplation (he's stepping down)."

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