.- In a Mass celebrated to mark the beginning of the pontificate of Benedict XVI, the Archbishop of Havana, Cardinal Jaime Ortega, said the new Pope will firmly guide the bark of Peter amidst the cultural and moral nihilism and rampant relativism of todayâs world, which is in need of âclear ethical and human guideposts.â The Cuban cardinal said Benedict XVI is a âpassionate seeker of the truthâ who will give âhumanity the valuable service of clarifying and defining, in addition to firmly guiding the helm of the bark of Peter.â
âHe will be a Pontiff who listens, who knows who to work as a team, who does not want to be left alone in the direction of the Church, although he will always have the last word,â he noted.
After wishing the Pope a âhappy and fruitfulâ pontificate, the Archbishop of Havana stated that Benedict XVI âwill be sanctified instructing, ruling and governing the Church that the Lord has entrusted to him.â
He recalled that during his first meeting with the Pope, Benedict XVI blessed Cuba, and that therefore âthe constant and trusting prayer of the Church will never be lackingâ in the country.
Regarding the Holy Fatherâs personality, Cardinal Ortega remarked that during the inaugural Mass, âI was pleasantly surprised by his humble presentation,â and therefore, he said, âsimplicity and humility will surely mark his pontificate.â