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Bishop TD Jakes said he was “astounded” when he learned last week that Pope Benedict XVI would be retiring just eight years after succeeding the deceased Pope John Paul II, making the 85-year-old the first pontiff to resign in almost 600 years of the Roman Catholic Church’s history.

“I think it was shocking because we haven’t seen it for 600 years or so, but it is indicative of the times we live, that people are doing things in new ways and new capacities,” said Jakes. “I take it at face value based on what we know so far.”

The Potter’s House pastor’s discussion with “CBS This Morning” hosts Charlie Rose, Gayle King, and Norah O’Donnell eventually shifted to the subject of Jakes’ newest book, Let It Go: Forgive So You Can Be Forgiven, which was published last month. The mega-church pastor and author fielded viewers’ questions about dealing with forgiveness even in the most intimate of relationships.

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