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New Pope Wanted: South Florida Craigslist Has Want Ad for A New Pontiff

In case ya haven't heard, Pope Benedict XVI has given his three-week's notice to God. The 85-year-old Pontiff, who was once part of the Hitler Youth and went out of his way to protect pedophile priests, told the Vatican that he's stepping down due to being inflicted with old.

"Before God, I have come to the certainty that my strengths, due to an advanced age, are no longer suited to an adequate exercise," he reportedly told the Cardinals early Monday morning. He said this in Latin, so we're just going to have to take the Italian press' word for it.

In any event, South Florida Catholics are responding to the news of the first Popequit in six centuries. But one enterprising South Floridian took to Craigslist to put up a want ad for a new Pope.

"I'm surprised that he's resigning, because [Pope] John Paul served until the end of his life," Jaime Zambrano, a worshiper at St. Edward the Confessor Catholic Church in Pembroke Pines, told the Sun-Sentinel. "I like the path the church is on and I'd like a conservative pope to follow Benedict."

"He's putting the church before himself," another parishioner said.

The Craigslist post -- which is a brilliant piece of satirical art, if you ask us -- mirrors what a lot of non-Catholics (and non-believers) are feeling about the whole thing.

The ad says, among other things, that the requirements to be the new Holy Father include a high school diploma or GED. A working knowledge of the Bible (Old or New Testament) is also recommended, but not required.

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