"There's been a lot of hope surrounding the church today. Especially this morning in mass, we've been really just hopefully and not so worried about where the church is going to go from here," said Sandra Loera, a Boise resident.
Pope Benedict met one last time with the College of Cardinals, one of whom will be the next leader of 1.2 billion people.
"It's a very big day for our church and for our people," said Loera.
In one of his final acts inside the Vatican, Pope Benedict said goodbye to the Cardinals. But for some followers: it's all about staying strong and hoping for the best.
"We might feel vulnerable and it might look like that, but we're not," said Loera.
Several members at Saint John's Catholic Church in Boise, said they are not worried about who the next pope will be and that this process has brought them closer together.