WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) -- In Rome today, Pope Benedict XVI bid farewell to the Vatican becoming the first pontiff in six centuries to resign.
Here in Wilmington, Catholic school teachers are taking this opportunity to educate children on this history in the making and everything involved in choosing up with a new Pope.
Students at St. Mark Catholic School in Wilmington have questions about what happens now. The school's principal says the students want to be a part in making history.
"We are constantly emailing each other every day with different websites and different forms of information that we can provide for the children, because it's such a learning and teachable opportunity for our kids," principal Mary Myers said.
Teachers have to explain to the children about why the pope resigned.
"We discussed what a very important person he is being the leader of the Catholic Church and how the Catholic Church is worldwide. It's universal, and so it is a very, very big job, and when you are sick, it's hard to do a big job," second grade teacher Shelby Hamilton said.
Adopt-a-Cardinal is one way the children are learning about the process to find a new pope. Each students follow one particular cardinal to find out how they are moving in the process.
"They've asked just what it means," second grade teacher Joel Peters said. "What will it mean for us, and what will it look like? What will the decision look like? What's going to happen? They are excited about it."
Now the attention turns to the upcoming conclave. That's when Catholic cardinals from around the world meet in Rome to select the next pope.