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Survey suggests roughly half expect renewal with new pope

Pope's resignation endorsed by almost two thirds of Catholics

Survey suggests roughly half expect renewal with new pope

Rome, February 15 - Only about half of Italians surveyed think that the resignation of Pope Benedict XVI will generate renewal for the Church, says a poll released Friday. And 63% of practicing Catholics said they approved of his decision to step down on February 28 for health reasons, compared to 55% of non-Catholics. The survey, conducted by market research group SWG after Monday's surprise announcement by Pope Benedict, found that 58% of practicing Catholics said they thought his move might renew the church, compared with 38% of non-Catholics. The survey was conducted among about 1,000 Italians.

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