HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Bishop Larry Silva will celebrate a special mass Wednesday night to give thanks for the ministry of Pope Benedict XVI.
The mass will be held at the Cathedral of Our Lady of Peace at 7:30 p.m.
Silva will also pray for guidance of the Holy Spirit on the election of Benedict's successor.
The Pope stunned Catholics around the globe when he announced on February 11 that he no longer had the physical or mental strength to carry on in the role.
During an appearance Wednesday morning on Sunrise, Bishop Silva said he believed that Benedict stepped down because of his advanced age not scandal.
"I don't think his stepping down had anything to do with that (scandals) I really do think it's because of his age. I have been to Rome several times in the past few years and each time I see him declining a little bit more," said Silva. "He was honest and humble enough to say this is a very important position, a very important ministry and I don't have the stamina the energy to do it as well as it needs to be done, so it's time for me to move on and make way for someone younger."
Meanwhile, Pope Benedict made his public farewell Wednesday morning in front of a crowd of about 150,000 people in St. Peter's Square. In his final speech, Benedict recalled moments of "joy and light" during his papacy and also times of difficulty when he said "it seemed like the Lord was sleeping."
"Pope Benedict XVI has left a clear mark on the Church in Hawaii in the almost eight years of his papacy," said Silva. "Under his authority, Mother Marianne Cope was declared Blessed at St. Peter's Basilica in Rome. On October 11, 2009, our Holy Father declared Father Damien DeVeuster, a Saint; and on October 21, 2012, he canonized St. Marianne Cope. We will always be grateful for the ministry of Pope Benedict XVI."
Pope Benedict officially enters retirement on Thursday. He will meet Thursday morning with cardinals for a final time, then fly by helicopter to the papal residence at Castel Gandolfo south of Rome.
We will cover Benedict's final day as pontiff Thursday morning during Sunrise.