DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) - Bells ring out across the University of Dayton.
They mark the time at this Catholic campus, but now an hour is at hand that those here have never experienced.
"I never expected I'd wake up in the morning and hear the Pope is stepping down," says UD Professor Miguel Diaz.
As former U.S. ambassador to the Vatican, Diaz knew Pope Benedict better than any of us ever will.
"My wife often times asked him to pray for the kids and he would often times react with a smile," Diaz says.
Diaz says that kind of caring is what the Cardinals should look for when picking the next Pope.
"I think the world needs first and foremost a Pope that is a pastor to take care of and alleviate the great suffering that accompanies the human family," Diaz says.
As a former ambassador, Diaz knows a thing or two about relationships.
He thinks the new Pope will have to be more diplomat than warrior.
"We have to get over the right, the left, the liberal, the conservative, the red, the blue and come together as the human family," Diaz says.
Many around the world watched with interest as the Pope left the Vatican.
At UD the students are on break, but workers occasionally glanced up to see something that was last done before Columbus was born, a Pope abdicating.
"I didn't really know what to think," says Dining Room worker John Beach.
But Diaz says there's a lesson for everyone in Pope Benedict's decision to step down because of health concerns.
He thinks perhaps it will set a precedent for future Popes and world leaders.
"I hope it prompts all of us to think about not only what is good for myself but what is good for others and the institutions that I serve," Diaz says.
Diaz thinks it will be several weeks before a new Pope is picked.
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