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'Let Us Move Forward'

A Penny for My Thoughts: On the resignation of Pope Benedict XVI



On February 11 of this year, Pope Benedict XVI announced his resignation as of February 28,2013.

Born Joseph Aloisius Ratzinger in Bavaria, Germany, he was ordained as a priest in 1951. " At the moment the elderly Archbishop laid his hands on me, a little bird- perhaps a lark- flew up from the alter in the high cathedral and trilled a little joyful song," stated the Pope.

April 2005 saw him elected successor to Pope John Paul ll. He chose 'Benedict' for his Papal name...a Latin term for 'blessed.' "Dear brothers and sisters ," he said softly, "After the great John Paul II, the cardinals have elected me, a simple, humble laborer in the vineyard of the Lord. The fact that the Lord knows how to work and to act even with insufficient instruments comforts me, and above all I entrust myself to your prayers. In the joy of the Risen Lord, confident of His unfailing help, let us move forward. The Lord will help us, and Mary His Most Holy Mother, will be on our side." He concluded, "Thank you."

Pope Benedict XVI is the 265th Pope and serves dual roles; Sovereign of Vatican City and the leader of the Catholic Church. He is considered to be theologically conservative and a defender of the traditional Catholic doctrine. Prior to his Papal role, Ratzinger served as a professor, a theologian and a dean.

Pope Benedict XVI speaks French and Italian fluently. He also has a command of Latin, English, Spanish and Portuguese. He can read Ancient Greek and Biblical Hebrew. His Papal quarters sport a grand piano where he plays his beloved Mozart and Bach. Benedict  is a member of several scientific academies, holds 8 honorary doctorates and has written 66 books. His love of cats is evident as a house cat is often brought to him for a lap companion when he arrives at myriad destinations to serve the people.

Of the frequent theme, 'Friendship with Christ,' the Pope said, " If friendship with God becomes for us something ever more important and decisive, we begin to love those whom God loves and who are in need of us. God wants us to be friends and we can be so, if we are entirely close to him."

Citing deteriorating strength and the physical and mental demands of the Papacy as his reasoning for resignation, Pope Benedict XVI stated, "I will continue to serve the church through a life of dedicated prayer." 

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Kathleen Gemmell March 06, 2013 at 01:58 PM
Did you hear? A man dressed as a bishop tried to sneak into the conferences being held to choose a new Pope. Apparently, his cassock was too short and that gave him away. Boy oh BOY!
Vicki Flint March 07, 2013 at 08:48 AM
Kathy, He was actually dressed as a Cardinal, not Bishop. What gave him away was the purple (should have been red) scarf he used as sash around his waist.
Kathleen Gemmell March 08, 2013 at 08:33 PM
Right now, the make up of the electorate looks like this: 10 are from Africa 12 are from Asia 20 are from North America 13 from South America 60 are from Europe. Waiting for the WHITE SMOKE to let us know that a new Pope has been chosen.
Vicki Flint March 08, 2013 at 09:04 PM
Kathy, Thanks for keeping us informed.
Kathleen Gemmell March 13, 2013 at 03:04 AM
Black smoke billows from the chimney on the Sistine Chapel today, No new Pope as of yet. Saint Peter's Square holds families, religious, tourists and the plain old curious...all hoping to witness the election of a new Pope.

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