Originally published in Detroit Free Press
Pope Benedict’s resignation came as a shock to the entire world. As a Muslim, I was taken aback when I heard the news. I remember the day that Pope John Paul II left his post to approach the heavens. I shed many tears that day. Now I look on with admiration to see a man resign the authority of the papacy for the betterment of his faith and his people. Not many in this world have that strength of constitution.
I, as every Muslim should, pray for his health and for the peaceful reign of his successor. Muslims and Catholics share a common goal of peace in this world. And with every generation that passes, that goal can become more and more achievable.