Thursday, January 05, 2023

RIP Pope Benedict XVI

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

After the great Pope John Paul II, the Cardinals have elected me, a simple and humble labourer in the vineyard of the Lord.

The fact that the Lord knows how to work and to act even with inadequate instruments comforts me, and above all I entrust myself to your prayers.

Let us move forward in the joy of the Risen Lord, confident of his unfailing help.  The Lord will help us and Mary, his Most Holy Mother, will be on our side.  Thank you.

-- Pope Benedict XVI (born Joseph Aloisius Ratzinger; 16 April 1927 - 31 December 2022), prelate of the Catholic Church who served as the head of the Church and the sovereign of the Vatican City State from 19 April 2005 until his resignation on 28 February 2013, Full text of his first public speech as pope, upon his presentation as Pope Benedict XVI (19 April 2005)

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